Deputy General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Obiri Boahen has stated that Ghana knew no industrialization until President Akufo-Addo came into power in 2016.
“I can tell you on authority that under the 1D1F policy, over 60 privately owned industries are working and others are about to spring up and that is industrialization.
“When the NPP came into power there was nothing like industrialization. You can find out from companies like Paramount, Kasapreko and Adonko the level of growth they have seen after they received support facilitated by gov’t under the 1D1F policy.
Sometimes I am surprised at what people say. Go to companies like Kasapreko and Adonko and they’ll tell you the support Exim bank has given them and similar companies. The Ekumfi Factoy in Central region also received lots of money from Exim bank and ADB. So how can the man sit in Kenya and say this? Please this is not it, he knows nothing about Ghana and he should let us be.”
His comment was a reaction to Director of the Kenya anti-corruption Commission, Professor Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba, who expressed disappointment in President Akufo-Addo for not living up to the hype.
Though commending the President for having the right ideas and starting very well, he bemoaned how he has only ended up as more rhetoric than action.
“He started very well. He had ideas talking about industrialisation in every district, he said he will look for Ghana beyond aid. The rhetoric was right but now as I watch him consistently, I’m beginning to see a mismatch between rhetoric and action.”