Former President John Mahama has given the assurance that his next government would revamp all the inoperative state and strategic key industries to spearhead its national industrialization drive.
According to him, it is regrettable that many giant companies that made Ghana an international producer and exporter of many consumables, had become a pale shadow of themselves in terms of business and commerce.
Speaking to the Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, Omanhen of Oguaa Traditional Area, the flagbearer of the NDC mentioned Asebu Fruits Processing factory and Ameen Sangari as two of such factories in the Central Region.
The company which was owned by a Lebanese was into the manufacturing of soaps, detergents, polish, perfumes, palm oil, and the processing of teak into electric poles.
John Mahama stated that to revamp such national assets that had supported lives for over 100 years, a $10 billion accelerated infrastructural plan, dubbed: the Big Push, will drive jobs and entrepreneurial agenda when the NDC is elected in December 2020.
The former President promised to initiate a number of projects that would provide jobs and attract Ghanaians living abroad to return to offer their support for the betterment of the country.
He said the economy of Ghana was largely import-led, thus, the country had become a large warehouse of imported consumer goods.
He stated that the NDC government will vigorously set up agro-processing zones to reverse the trend.
The over-reliance on imports of basic commodities that could have otherwise been produced here in Ghana is a reflection of the country’s weak local currency, the cedi.
Meanwhile, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, Omanhen of Oguaaman Traditional Area asked the NDC to be realistic with their promises adding that they must be sincere and have the people at heart.
He asked Mr. Mahama to be prayerful and urged his supporters to guard against statements that would inflame passion and derail the peace of the nation.
He, however, thanked Mr Mahama for providing jobs for some of the youth who were hitherto galavanting on the streets hopelessly.