Sunday, 23 February

C/R: Bawjiase youth march over closure of Ayensu starch factory

General News
Youth demonstrating at Awutu Bawjiase

The Youth of Awutu Bawjiase in the Central region on Wednesday, 6 February 2020 embarked on a demonstration to register their displeasure with the closure of the Ayensu Starch Factory which they claim could be used for government's 1D1F initiative to create employment opportunities in the area.  

The Ayensu Starch factory was established by former President John Agyekum Kufuor and later handed over to a private manager during the Mahama-led administration.  

An eyewitness who spoke to Class News' Elikem Adiku, Emmanuel Kojo Awutu indicated that under the new managers, the company engaged the services of farmers to supply cassava to the factory.   

The cassava farmers inorder to meet the demand of the company took loans, however, the factory collapsed and was unable to pay its machine operators and workers and the cassava farmers.  

Meanwhile, the youth who are of the view that the collapsed factory which is wasting away can be used for the One-District-One-Factory (1D1F) policy under the current Akufo-Addo-led administration claim they have been waiting for the revamping of the factory to kick start the initiative in the area and create employment opportunities to no avail.  

The action of the youth, according to them, was to call the government's attention to the factory instead of establishing a new one.    

Source: Adiku