President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured that the $35 million defunct Komenda Sugar Factory will begin sugar production by April 2022.
President Akufo-Addo said the current revamping process of the factory had reached an advanced stage with a few civil works to be completed by March.
The government, in 2020, announced Park Agrotech Limited, a Ghanaian company in the agribusiness sector as a strategic investor for the Komenda Sugar Factory.
Park Agrotech limited partnered with STM Projects Limited, an Indian company with extensive experience in the management and operation of Sugar Mills and plantations in India and parts of the world.
The Komenda Sugar factory, which was built from an Indian Exim Bank facility, has not worked since it was commissioned in 2016.
Addressing some concerns of the Komenda Traditional Council who paid a courtesy call on him at the Jubilee House on Wednesday, President Akufo-Addo said the much publicly talked about the project would soon be operational to provide job openings for the people of Komenda and its environs.
“This sugar factory has generated a lot of public discourse—some say it was completed, others say it was not—but I am glad you have realised it’s on the right path to completion,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo said the sugar factory would revive local sugar production, which would invariably reduce the importation of the commodity into the country.
President Akufo-Addo said the initial 5,000-acre sugar plantation had moved to a 20,000 acre land located at Wassa Fiease, near Komenda.
The acting President of Komenda Traditional Council, Nana Kwahin V, led a delegation of chiefs and queen mothers to commend the President and his government for the development projects in the traditional area—revamp of the sugar factory, sea defence, a landing site that can accommodate over 200 canoes, construction of roads, among others.
Nana Kwahin V also thanked President Akufo-Addo for the support during the 40-day funeral celebrations of the late Paramount Chief of Komenda Traditional Area, Nana Kojo Kru II.
Nana Kwahin V also commended the President for honouring his promise to revamp the sugar factory “and I can state with authority that work on the factory had reached an advanced stage with about 50 natives engaged in some civil works.”
The Chief said the bridge constructed to link British Komenda and Dutch Komenda has provided easy access to the communities.
He urged the government to fast track the construction of access roads to link the proposed market for fishmongers at the shore.
The Chief assured that the traditional council would provide land to resettle occupants on the proposed access roads that would link the fishmongers market.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD