Former Minister of Trades and Industry Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah says the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government under John Dramani Mahama built more factories than known.
He cites how most of the factories secured funding and support from government agencies like the National Board for Small-Scale Industries, Export Development Bank as well as Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC).
He said the New Patriotic Party’s One-District One Factory Programme pales in comparison to the over 1,000 factories created under former President Mahama.
“If you are trying to look at whoever built factories and employed people, we did far more than anything the NPP has done so far,” he told 3news.com’s Komla Klutse on the sidelines of the 31st December commemoration in Winneba, Central Region last week.
He said the difference between what happened under the NDC and what is happening under the NPP “is branding and sloganeering difference”.
“If it is a matter of bragging, we could have bragged over 1,000 factories. “More than 1,000 factories were created in the last Mahama administration. NPP had the slogan for it, which of course people can remember. NDC did not have a slogan for it.”
Ghanaians know that during the NDC era they undertook economic, social and infrastructural developments, what matters is the welfare of Ghanaians first. What Ghanaian youth are clamouring for is a sustainable job to ensure their sustainable livelihood. The bragging of factories whether under NPP or NDC regime is not the crust of the matter. The crust of the matter is whether or not factories have reduced the alarming unemployment toll in Ghana.