-President Akufo-Addo has extolled the achievement of his administration in the implementation of the 1D1F initiative
-He took a swipe at those doubting the success of the programme
-He urged them to pay attention and look closely for evidence of the programme’s success
President Nana Akufo-Addo on Tuesday took a dig at critics of his administration in the fulfillment of the One District One Factory (1D1F) Initiative.
A private sector-led initiative, the 1D1F programme launched during the president’s first term was to mark that decisive shift towards industrialising the Ghanaian economy.
It also aimed at giving value to the country’s raw materials with the idea of generating jobs for the teeming unemployed youth.
So far 232 out of 260 factories being established under the initiative are at various stages of completion, with some operating at full capacity.
They cut across various sectors and 162 of these factories are operating as new factories. The remaining 64 are revived or expanded projects.
Many however expressed doubts about the existence of the factories—doubts the president addressed when he delivered the first State of the Nation Address of his second term.
According to him, the factories are scattered across the country.
“Open your eyes [and] you will see them,” he told his critics including the Minority Caucus, whose members heckled him when he mentioned the programme in his address.
He assured that his administration will continue with its industrialisation drive aimed at transforming the structure of the Ghanaian economy from one dependent on production/export of raw materials to a value-added industrialised economy.
In other news, YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the president expressed his uncompromising commitment to strengthening the institutions of Ghana’s democracy and managing public resources with integrity.
The president made the statement when he delivered the State of the Nation Address pursuant to Article 67 of the Constitution.
The address came days after the Supreme Court upheld his electoral victory in the December 7, 2020, general elections.
Touching on the Supreme Court’s affirmation of his 2020 electoral triumph over former President John Dramani Mahama, President Akufo-Addo expressed excitement in the unanimity of the court’s decision.
He said: “Not 5:4, not 5:4, unanimous. Mr Speaker, the court has spoken and it is time for all of us to move on and in a united manner to confront the problems of post-COVID-19 Ghana.”
The seven-member panel in the just ended 2020 election petition trial last Thursday said it cannot order a rerun of the 2020 presidential polls.
The panel held that the petitioner in the case failed to adduce “cogent evidence” to back his claims that there was no winner in the December 7, 2020, presidential elections.
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