Former President John Mahama has reiterated his avowed pledge to revamp the abandoned Komenda Sugar factory to serve its intended purpose
The former President who was speaking during his tour of the Centeal region noted with concern the effort the late former President, Prof Evans Atta Mills, an indigene of the area, committed himself to build the factory, which was to create jobs and to save Ghana, millions of dollars in sugar imports to cushion the economy.
He said “we handed a prospective enterprise to them but they mismanaged it. We will revive it when we come to provide jobs for the people” he intimated
He continued .. “We were outsourcing funds for farmers to grow sugarcane to operationalize it but after he handed it over to them, they failed to operationalize it”
“ Under Professor Mills, a son of the soil, the then NDC government channelled a lot of development in the Central region and the next NDC government will not neglect youl’ – Me Mahama added
The NDC 2024 candidate who was addressing chiefs during a courtesy call on the Omanhene of the Oguaa Traditional area, emphasized … “We had lots of projects under Professor Mills. We built the Kotokuraba market, the Cape Coast stadium, Elmina Fish Processing plant and the Komenda Sugar factory” among others including roads, schools and health infrastructure many attest to today.
John Mahama made these remarks when he and his entourage paid a courtesy call on the Oguamanhene Osaberima Kwesi Attah II at Enintsimadze palace as part of his tour of the Central Region.
You will recall that the Komenda Sugar Factory started production of Sugar after the completion of the first phase of the project
Raw materials for production was to be supplied by outgrowers who were to receive high gain seedling variety under cultivation at a nursery.
It was estimated that Komenda Sugar factory was going to create direct and indirect jobs to over 7,000.
After years of lip service government brought in West African AgroTech to manage the company but that has been stalled as a result of lack of funding.