Disappointed Komenda residents lament rusting sugar factory

Disappointed Komenda residents lament rusting sugar factory

- Residents of Komenda have decried the poor state of the sugar factory situated in the town

- They have complained of neglect by NPP government after it “tricked” them for votes

- The residents believe the factory can solve their unemployment problems if it is cared for by the government

Residents of Komenda have expressed disappointment in the government for the poor state of the Komenda Sugar Factory.

The residents have also complained that the factory, which was opened with pomp and pageantry in 2016 by the erstwhile NDC government, is rusting away.

The disappointed residents made their grievances known in an interview with Joy News sighted by YEN.com.gh.

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According to the report, metal plates that make up the heavy sugarcane-crushing machine have been covered with rust, and the observant residents predict that it will cost the government a lot of money to repair the machines by the time it decides to put the factory to use.

Isaac Kwaku Nketia, a resident, complained that many youths in the area like himself are still unemployed, adding that the factory could be of great benefit to them if it were in use.

My wife is divorcing me because I cannot take care of my family. Every day, I walk past this factory and I get angry because if it was operating, some of us would have had jobs from the country," he said.

“It is frustrating and disappointing to see the factory rust away. It is also disturbing to see the factory not operating for two years after it reopened as if money was not used to build the factory,” the disappointed resident added.

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Another resident who made his grievances known, suggested that the machines in the factory could be catered for even if the factory would not be operational now.

At least the machines in the factory should have been painted at least every six months to prevent the rust even before the factory operates,” he said.

The disappointed residents thus made a passionate appeal to the government to put the sugar factory cited in the area to use to help solve their unemployment problems.

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However, some weeks ago, YEN.com.gh reported on the story of President Akufo-Addo announcing that the government was looking for a strategic investor to start operating the Komenda Sugar Factory.

But some of the residents believe that is a clever way the president and the NPP government are employing to neglect them and the factory.

"We are not really sure if investors will really come. Sometimes, it is just ‘politricks’. They just trick us because we vote for them and after that, they forget about us and our problems,” a resident said.

While the factory remains closed, it is estimated that sugar worth $200 million is imported to feed manufacturing industries and for domestic use.

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