The next National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration will abolish the One District, One Factory (1D,1F) initiative of this government, Tamale Central Member of Parliament (MP), Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed, has said.
According to the legislator, the program in its current form as implemented by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been a colossal failure and needs to be scrapped.
He promised that should the NDC win power in the next general election, they would abolish the policy.
Murtala Mohammed revealed this whilst speaking on the Key Points on TV3 on Saturday, November 5th 2022.
“It is nothing but a slogan,” the former Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry said.
“The 1D1F is something that when the NDC takes over we will throw out. The way it is in this form is not helping.”
Despite his analysis, the ruling government insists the policy is yielding spectacular fruits all over the country.
Speaking during his state of the nation address delivered in March, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said that out of a total of two hundred and seventy-eight (278) 1D1F projects at various stages of implementation in all the sixteen (16) regions, one hundred and six (106) factories are currently operational, one hundred and forty-eight (148) are under construction, while twenty-four (24) projects are at mobilization stage.
He said: “Mr. Speaker, in order to bring the youth on board the 1D1F Programme, fifty-eight (58) out of the two hundred and seventy-eight (278) 1D1F Projects have been developed as enterprises fully owned by youth groups, with direct Government support. Each of these 1D1F Youth companies are owned by between forty (40) and fifty (50) youth as shareholders.
“In addition, five (5) medium scale state-of-the-art agro-processing Common-User Facilities (CUFs) have been established with direct support from Government and are owned by various groups of farmers, whose farming operations had previously been undermined through lack of processing facilities. These farmer-owned companies have been established in five (5) Districts, namely Dormaa West, Savelugu, Sefwi Akontonbra, Sekyere Central and Tarkwa Nsuaem. They cover oil palm processing, rice milling and the processing of maize into maize grits.”
The President also hailed the phenomenon of global vehicle manufacturing companies setting up shop in Ghana, a development he attributed to Ghana’s well-defined Automotive Development Policy.