Trade Minister finally speaks out on the controversies surrounding the commissioning of the Komenda Sugar factory. The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Ekow Spio Garbrah has trashed the different criticisms leveled against government concerning the commissioning of the sugar factory. The criticisms as we know are focused on the unavailability of resources needed for effective operation of the factory which might result to another shut down.
The president on May 30 commissioned the defunct sugar factory which was started by President Kwame Nkrumah. The factory which have been inactive due to technical and operational challenges was revamped and commissioned by the Mahama-led government. But critics have suggested that government’s decision to inaugurate without the needed raw materials could only mean that it was done for political gains, since the country is a few months away from elections.
Critics in the likes of Nduom, the founder of Progressive People’s Party (NPP), former Member of Parliament for Komenda Edina Eguafo Abirem (KEEA) Constituency, and minority MPs have frowned against government’s hastened commissioning of the factory. They are of the view that factors such as the unavailability of sugarcane to feed the factory, unattractive prices for sugarcane produced by farmers and the high cost of irregular electrical power, may soon cripple the factory.
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However, the Trade Minister on the other hand has said the factory is in perfect condition and is “100 percent ready to produce.” Dr spio on Citi Breakfast show said that, “The fact that a factory needs raw materials does not mean it is not ready to produce.” Speaking on the criticisms, he advised critics to provide suggestions and ideas that will make the factory work, instead of looking for ways to undermine government’s efforts.
Dr. Spio however, said the factory would go through trial testing during the sugarcane season to ensure it meets requirements needed for sugar production. The Minister also revealed that government intends to secure some lands in the region for production.