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140,000 jobs created through 1D1F – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo has disclosed that factories operating under the One District, One Factory (1D1F) initiative has so far created 140,000 jobs.

Commissioning the Bodukwan Multi-Fruit Processing Factory at Pakyi near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, the President noted that 76 factories have so far been completed and are in operation while 106 others are at various stages of construction across the country.

Addressing the durbar which was graced by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, President Akufo-Addo said the operations of the factories demonstrate his commitment to fulfilling his 2016 campaign promises.

He used the opportunity to name factories like the Ekumfi Fruit Juice Factory in Ekumfi District; Kasapreko Beverages Limited in Kwadaso Municipal; Birim Oil Mills Limited in Kwaebibirem Municipal; Casa de Ropa Limited in Gomoa West District; Motor King in Tamale Metro; Leefound Company Limited in Ningo Prampram District; and Springs & Bolts Limited in Asokwa Municipal as some of the successful industries under the 1D1F policy.

The others are Keda Ceramics Limited in Shama Municipality; Atebubu-Amantin Agro-Processing in Atebubu Amantin Municipal; Weddi Africa Limited in Berekum Municipal; Best Fertilizer Company Limited in Asante Akim South Municipal; Rhovanni Royale Limited in Tano South; Rider Iron and Steel Ghana Limited in Asante Akim Central Municipal; Vester Oil Mills in Bosomtwe District; and Agro Africa Limited in Asante Akim South Municipal.

On his part, the Trade and Industry Minister, Alan Kyeremanteng said the 1D1F program is fulfilling its core duties of creating jobs, value addition to raw materials and addressing import substitution.

He then added that the Ashanti region has had its share of the factories. The Bodukwan farms boast of a 600-acre land cultivating mango, oil palm and teak plantation.