Makers of apketeshie in the Jato Suhum municipality in the Eastern Region want president Akufo-Addo to establish a gin manufacturing factory in the area, as part of his government’s one-district-one-factory policy.
The distillers claim they are only holding the president to his word, after he pledged to set up a factory in the every district if he won the 2016 elections.
Most of the people in Jato are known to be distillers of akpeteshie – a local gin in Ghana – with the community being responsible for the supply of gin to many sellers around the country.
However, according to the group, businesses have been slow in recent times due to the high cost of production involved.
This, they said, has led to high cost of living in the community because most of them are now out of business.
They are therefore calling on the president to help revive the production of the local gin by putting up a gin manufacturing factory in the community.
According to them, it was for this singular reason that they voted the New Patriotic Party (NPP) into power, and they therefore expect the president to deliver on his promises.
Addressing the media on the matter on Thursday, the Local Chairman of Jato Corporative Distillers Society, Reuben Naduku, said residents in the community have already made available some acres of land to be used for the establishment of the gin factory.
“In 2016 President Akufo Addo came here to promise us that the one -district -one factory for the Municipality will be established in this community, as a result, all of us voted for him, we noticed that he has started cutting sod for the one -district -one factory project in some parts of the country so we have also made available about 10 to 15 acre land here for the President to facilitate the project here,” Mr. Nadaku remarked.
According to him, putting up such a factory will definitely reduce the unemployment level in the community.
He added that the importation of industrial alcohol is killing the local industry, calling on the president to “stop the importation of ethanol from abroad since it is collapsing our business”.
Backed by the Chief of Jato, Nana Barfuor Adjewuna, the distillers want government to put up a gin manufacturing factory in the community to enhance the production and selling of akpeteshie.
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