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NDC Volta demands VR’s share of 1D1F

BY: Mary Anane-Amponsah
Mr Henry Ametefee — NDC Volta Regional Chairman -
Mr Henry Ametefee — NDC Volta Regional Chairman -

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Volta Region has called on the President to fulfil his One district, One factory (1D1F) promise to the people of the region.

The NDC Volta Regional Communications Officer,  Mr Kafui Agbleze, in a press release recalled that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo specifically promised to make Ketu South and Ketu North industrial hubs, adding that so far nothing had been achieved in those two constituencies with regard to the promise.

“Nana Addo’s government is already in its third year with absolutely no sign of 1D1F in the Volta Region; and this leaves one to painfully conclude that the 1D1F was just a campaign gimmick without any serious commitment to fulfil them to the people of the Volta Region,” he indicated.

High unemployment in VR

According to him, there were many unemployed youth in the Volta Region who bought into the electoral promise of 1D1F which accounted for the generous votes the NPP had in some constituencies in the region during the 2016 general elections.

According to the party, the flagship policy, which aims at transforming the structure of the economy from one dependent on production and export of raw materials to a value-added industrialised economy, was not having the needed vigour as expected with nothing taking place in the Volta Region.

The President, according to the communications officer at the launch of the 1D1F at Ekumfi in the Central Region, made it clear that there could be no future prosperity for the people in the short, medium or long term if Ghanaians continued to maintain economic structures that were dependent on production and the export of raw materials.

That statement, he indicated, spoke to the peculiar situation of the Volta Region where raw material production abounded with little or no value addition.

Equitable disbursement

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“If the GCB’s GH₵1 billion support to the 1D1F was equitably disbursed, it would have provided Gh₵100 million for each of the then ten regions more or less, and that was significant to provide at least one factory of a sort for the Volta Region as well,” he added.

He questioned the commitment level of the President to the call as far as his promise of 1D1F to the people of Volta was concerned, since there were no signs of 1D1F in the region.

The people of the Volta Region, he indicated, were awakening to the fact that the 1D1F is  a "promise and fail" initiative without any serious commitment to redeeming it and could best be described as a failed promise.