The Komenda sugar factory will be inaugurated today [Monday] by President John Mahama. The factory located in the Central Region which was closed down sometime ago has been revamped, and is expected to create hundreds of jobs for Ghanaians. The factory which was established decades ago by the late President Kwame Nkrumah was closed down leaving hundreds jobless after some technical and operational challenges.
About two years ago, the Ghanaian government secured a thirty five million-dollar Indian Exim Bank facility to resuscitate factory. A contract had been signed with a firm to undertake the civil and engineering works, as well as establish an irrigation scheme for high-yielding sugar cane plantation to feed the factory. Currently Ghana’s annual sugar requirement is estimated at close to four hundred thousand tonnes and the factory is expected to produce value added by-products such as energy and alcohol to support industry.
The president had hinted at the positive gains hoped to be achieved from the new Komenda sugar factory, including the creation of jobs for the Ghanaian youth. Mahama revealed this and more during his ‘Accounting to the People Tour’ in the Central Region.
The president during the tour, explained that the factory will produce more than enough sugar to cut down the amount imported into the country. He said that any amount of sugar the factory produces, will be reduced on that which comes in through importation. It was also during the tour in the Central Region that Mahama urged the authorities of the factory to give priority to the youth in the area during recruitment.
After the inauguration of the factory, work is expected to commence fully. There are so many expectant youth who hope that some good comes out of this inauguration exercise.