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One district, one factory not necessary - Prof Aryeetey

                                The immediate past Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Legon, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, has cast doubts on the relevance of government's pledge to create one factory in each of the 216 districts nationwide.

While professing his admiration for the campaign promise, which played a significant role in the run-up to the 2016 general elections, Prof. Aryeetey said nothing showed that the country needed factories in each district.

He made the observation at the Graphic Business-Stanbic Bank Breakfast Meeting in Accra on Tuesday morning.

Rather, he said government should work at a district industrialisation plan that will serve as a benchmark for the creation of factories by private sector.

Beyond the relevance of the one district, one factory pledge, Prof. Aryeetey said he did not believe that the government would be able to implement the policy, which has now been christened as district industrialisation programme.

He also called for increased commitment to agriculture, explaining that the country's desire to arrest the teeming unemployment would not materialise if growth in agriculture was left to continue to lag behind.

He advised government to tactically modernise agriculture, invest in agric extension officers and help link farming to agro-processing.

This, he said, would improve the lot of the farming business, which will then be more empowered to create more jobs.
                                        

Source: Graphic.com.gh
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