The former NDC MP believes the 1D1F programme has the potential to give him a bigger platform to transform his rice farm into a major business
Inusah Fuseini, the former National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Tamale Central, has expressed interest in venturing into government’s flagship One District, One Factory initiative (1D1F).
Answering a question on his retirement plan as MP, Fuseini told host of Townhall Talk Kofi Abotsi that he is passionate about contributing his quota to ensuring food security in the country.
“I have decided that I want to help feed the nation, so I am doing rice farming. Last year, I visited a lot of partners, still looking for a market to sell the rice, that’s the problem with farming. The few years I have spent farming, even before I decided not to contest again I was already in farming,” he said.
“Have you explored the One District, One Factory policy of the government?” the host asked.
Fuseini replied: “I really want to. Going forward, I will see how I get myself into the One District, One Factory, because I am thinking of big things. If you are going to do business you must think big and so in the future I am looking at the possibility of availing myself for the 1D1F.”
His expression of interest is coming at a time when many have lauded the flagship 1D1F programme introduced by the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Allotey Jacobs hails 1D1F
Last year, a former Central Regional chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress Bernard Allotey Jacobs lauded the One District, One Factory initiative as a successful model worth emulating by all future governments.
Jacobs, who describes himself as being among initial critics of the programme, said President Akufo-Addo should be commended for such a grand innovation, as it has helped to reduce unemployment in Ghana.
Speaking to Asaase Radio’s Central Region correspondent, Nana Baah, he cited Ekumfi Fruits & Juices and the Casa de Ropa potato-processing factory as prime examples of how the industrialisation policy is changing fortunes for local people.
Both projects were commissioned by President Akufo-Addo under the One District, One Factory programme.
The 1D1F programme is a private sector-led initiative that marks a decisive shift towards industry, with the idea of generating jobs in all parts of the country and securing more value from Ghana’s raw materials.
The initiative aims to ensure more sustainable food supply and create jobs for the jobless, while helping small-scale entrepreneurs across the country to advance their traditional processing of food crops, building materials and other items.
However, giving an update on the number of factories established so far, Kyerematen said that 232 out of 260 are at various stages of completion, with some operating at full capacity.
The factories cut across various sectors depending on the scope of operation, he said. He noted that 162 of these factories are operating as new factories. The remaining 64 are revived or expanded projects.