The former secretary to Komenda Sugar Development Board, Ransford Chatman Vanni- Amoah has launched scattering attacks on the NPP government over its decision to abandon the Komenda Sugar Factory.
The minister for trade and industries Hon. Alan Kyerenaten received the brunt of the accusation whom he accused of causing financial loss to the state. The maverick politician made the accusation in a press release intercepted by Ghlagatin.
According to Mr. Randsford, the MCE for Komenda- Edina- Eguafo- Abirem municipal Hon. Solomon Ebo Appiah had announced that the government will be importing raw sugar for refining at the Mahama built sugar factory.
This according to Randsford defeats the true intention of the factory. He added that the minister for trade also spent over 11 million Ghana Cedis to renovate the factory which was deliberately left to rot.
Randsford argued that, Alan Kyerenaten must be made to answer questions as to why he deliberately caused financial loss to that tune to the state. Check his press statement below. ”
I have listened to several media interviews granted by Hon. Solomon Ebo Appiah, the Municipal Chief Executive for Komenda- Edina- Eguafo- Abirem, who doubles as a member of the Management Board of the Komenda Sugar Development Company Limited that, they would import raw sugar to be refined at the Komenda Sugar Factory.
This revelation from the MCE has come to confirm my earlier assertion that, the government has an unholy agreement with some sugar importers who wish sugar is not produced locally. Therefore, the decision to import raw sugar to be refined at Komenda is an avenue to augment the sugar importation business.
It is incomprehensible for a government to engage in raw sugar importation, while the factory was established to serve as an import substitute.
It has also emerged that, a whopping US$11 million has been used to renovate the processing plant.
In this situation, Hon. Alan Kyerematen should be charged for willfully causing financial loss to the state for a deliberate decision in allowing the state-of-the investment to go waste without any justifiable reason, except to spend US$11 million to renovate the processing plant.
He has committed Financial Loss to the State due to lack of serious attention to the factory, loss of time, inefficiency and improper decision- making.
And also allowing the national asset to deliberately debilitate, so as to blame their political opponent.
Just as I have always done in the face of wicked propaganda, lies, and smear campaign against the John Mahama constructed Komenda Sugar Factory, I once again, strongly reiterate that the Komenda Sugar Factory as bequeathed to the Akuffo Addo/ Bawumia led administration was always viable, economically productive and overly suitable to provide jobs and it’s related benefits to the good people of Komenda- Edina- Eguafo- Abirem, Central Region and Ghana as a whole.
The Komenda Sugar Factory was constructed by the John Dramani Mahama administration in 2016. When the former president cut sod for the construction of the project in 2015, he stated that funds had been approved by parliament to start the cultivation of sugar cane in large quantities to feed the factory before the it is commissioned.
That notwithstanding, the government of Nana Addo accused the John Mahama government for building a factory when there was no raw materials to feed it. The factory had since been abandoned.