It has been revealed that some key financiers of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) who import sugar in huge quantities are behind the unfortunate neglect of the Komenda Sugar Factory.
The revelation was made by Mr Alexander Akuoku, NDC’s 2020 parliamentary candidate for Ngleshie-Bortianor Constituency in the Greater Accra Region.
According to him, these party financiers who are into the importation of sugar were afraid of losing their constant source of income if the Komenda Sugar Factory operates efficiently.
“The factory was revamped to revive the local production of sugar to reduce the importation of the commodity into the country but the NPP administration, led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, deliberately failed to operationalise it for their people who deal in sugar importation so they will have a field day,” he stated on Accra100.5FM’s morning show, Ghana Yensom, hosted by Kwame Appiah Kubi
Mr. Akuoku noted that as an accountant by profession, he knows the big men who are behind the importation of sugar into the country.
“They are aware their operations will come to halt if the factory is made fully operational in the country,” he added.
In a recent interview on Cape Coast based Eagle FM, the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo stated that the decision taken by his predecessor, John Dramani Mahama, to build the Komenda Sugar factory, without first establishing a sugarcane plantation, betrays every principle of construction.
Responding to this, Former President John Dramani Mahama stated that his government had a vision for the operationalisation of the factory.
According to him, the Indian government had prevailed on them to get the factory ready and later apply for funds to support the production of raw materials.
Speaking in an interview on Cape FM in the Central Region as part of his ‘thank you’ tour on Friday, Mr Mahama said that the current government has deliberately purposed against applying for the funds.