Apostle Kwadwo Safo Kantanka’s cars that had “been in the pipeline” for close to 45 years has finally hit the market ready for sale.
The man of God who owns a network of churches and a vast arable land for farming has finally realised his dream of developing and marketing cars "Made in Ghana".
"It's been in the pipeline since 1971," said Kwadwo Safo Jnr, a son of the inventor. According to him,"it started with the old man, so it's been a long time coming."
He is the chief executive officer of Kantanka Group who has finally gotten the breakthrough to make head way into the market after so many hue and cries for attention and support from the government.
The company has under its array of enviable achievements;
Kantanka Helicopter Engine which is an engine that powers the KTK 02 defensive helicopter,
Kantanka Jet Engine, powers the Kantanka Jet,
Kantanka aircraft engine II which powers the Kantanka Passenger Airplane,
Kantanka Petrol Engines which powers the Kantanka cars that uses petrol.
The company’s range of sports utility vehicles and pick-up trucks prices from $18,000 to $35,000 and looks set for the tough market and comes up against established brands like Toyota, Mercedes, BMW in Ghana which see an importation of about 12,000 new and 100,000 second-hand cars imported every year.
But Kwadwo Safo is confident and excited that the demand is there and the firm can hold its own in the competition.
His confidence is about the uniqueness of the cars, which have all been approved for safety by Ghana's Drivers Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).
The Made in Ghana label means that "if you have any problems with the vehicle, you wouldn't have to import from India or China or America. All the parts are right here and we have a 24-hour service," he said.
AFP was told on a visit to the company’s technology research centre last year that some key Kantanka components such as glass, tyres and brake callipers are imported and the other components locally produced.
The cars could put Ghana on the world map and her citizens are excited about it.
He is just like Kwadwo Safo junior who is also upbeat about the way ahead.
He cannot be faulted because Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama has been leading the campaign where he has called on the locals to buy locally manufactured products to boost the stuttering economy hit by inflation.