The founder and flagbearer of the opposition Progressive People’s party, Papa Kwesi Nduom, has said that God will punish anyone who plays politics with the newly commissioned Komenda Sugar Factory to the detriment of people’s livelihood, dreams and aspirations.
He stated on Facebook that it was critical that the factory succeeded because the failure of the old factory brought people prolonged unemployment, early death and desperation.
Nduom said the people who caused the old factory to fail did not consider the fact that people's lives and livelihoods were at stake.
He said a lot of them only considered the politics of something put there by an opposing political party.
“We hope that this time, God will punish anyone who plays politics with the people over this new factory whether they are in government or [in] the opposition. Politics should be about development and improving the lives of people and not about the pedestrian objective of winning an election,” he said.
Dr Nduom said it was his due to his desire to see the factory succeed that he raised questions regarding how to guarantee adequate and cost-effective raw material - sugarcane - for the factory as well as the measures that had been put in place by the government to ensure price competitiveness for the factory's produce.
He said he had also questioned how the factory would compete with imports, and survive a future change in government.
He revealed that his company, Groupe Nduom, had acquired a land near the factory to grow sugarcane to feed it.
“We have invested in equipment to take output from the factory and market it through transformation. Our investment will come to nought if the factory fails. So when some of us offer suggestions, or criticise what is going wrong, we mean well. We have our self-interest at heart and the people's welfare in mind,” he said.
Meanwhile, the minister for trade and industry, Ekwow Spio Garbrah, has stated that there is no risk of the newly commissioned Komenda Sugar Factory collapsing.
He said the factory was in perfect condition and 100% ready to produce.