Twenty( 20 )acres of land has been secured in Diare in the Savelugu Nantong Municipality to construct cassava factory as part of government’s 1-District-1-Factory (1D1F) flagship programme.
The Chief Executive Officer of PT&, Prince Taufiq Tikumah says , as part of government’s plans to commence the One District – one Factory project in the Savelugu-Nanton municipality, twenty acres of land has been secured to construct a Cassava factory and a Cassava farm in Diare.
According to Prince Taufiq Tikumah, “We came to the chief and he was so concerned about the youth. He gave us ten (10) acres of land for the construction of the factory and another ten (10) acres for farming. We intend practicing block farming where by we employ some youth who will actually be farm security. We will make sure we do what we can to support farmers.”
Mr. Taufiq Tikumah revealed this on Wednesday January 31, 2018 during a site visit by the Municipal Chief Executive for Savelugu and some traditional rulers in the area.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Taufiq Tikumah, whose company warn the contract said his outfit will make the flagship programme a success in the municipality. He however called on the traditional rulers to engage herdsmen in dialogue to find a solution to the menace of cattle destroying farms and farm produce in the area.
“One thing we also urge the chiefs to do is about Fulani herdsmen. They are actually our biggest problem because their cattle are being pushed into farms to destroy (crops). The chiefs say they will talk to the Fulani men to control their cattle not to go into peoples’ farms.” He stated.
The CEO however warned that, herdsmen would be compelled to “sell their cattle to pay for the destruction of crops” that fall within the catchment area of the factory.
Speaking on the benefits of the factory to members of the municipality, Mr. Taufiq Tikumah indicated that, among other things, the factory will “create employment, drastically reduce poverty and farmers will undergo periodic health screening.”
The CEO revealed that “the project is going to cost so much. It is above nine (9) million Ghana cedis. It is not small money when managed well.”
Speaking during the site visit, Municipal Chief Executive for Savelugu, Hajia Ayishetu Seidu expressed delight at the development. “We are happy to be here today to see to it that the site that has been earmarked for the factory is being cleared. Very soon we will be launching the programme” she intimates.
According to the MCE, the presence of the factory “will stop our youth from going to places like Accra, Kumasi and Sunyani seeking for jobs. They will stay back to work in the factory.”
She adds that, it will “increase farmers daily income, enhance their nutritional value and women who hitherto could not go to farm, will have some small farms to work on.”
Hajia Ayishetu added that “the assembly is going to collaborate with the promoters to see to it that it takes off as soon as possible.”
On behalf of the constituents, the MCE thanked government for the initiative and pledged to make it a success.
The regent of Diare, Naa Abdulai Abukari on his part, says, the day was a great one in the lives of the people of Diare. According to him, they feel honoured and recognised by government for the decision to site a factory at Diare.
“The current government has a vision of developing a Ghana beyond aid, creating employment for the youth, bringing education to the door step of every Ghanaian etc,all these can be achieved by by industrialisation drive “says Naa Abukari.
The regent of Diare Naa Abdulai Abukari equally took the opportunity to appeal to government and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs ) to come and invest in Diare because their doors are opened, adding that, their lands are not for sale ( to investors ).
Source: might FM/Yaro Ismael