Tomorrow’s Ghanaians Will Remember President Akufo-Addo For His Industrialization Agenda(1D1F)
President Akufo-Addo’s burgeoning desire to turn the country’s economic fortunes around gave rise to the decision to industrialize Ghana.
He would birth the 1D1F program which was aimed at building at least, one factory in every district across the country. Most of these industries would be agro-based since Ghana does well in agriculture.
This intent was lampooned by John Mahama and his party members who said the pledge was like a carmel walking through the eye of a needle unscathed. It was just a project on paper since, in their estimation, a factory in every district would be like using a bicycle to attempt to go to the moon.
They described Nana Addo as a desperado whose ambition to become president at all cost was the driving force behind such a vague and unrealistic promise.
Today, the story is different. President Akufo-Addo has given meaning to his pledge to see the nation industrialized. As of September 2021, 278 1D1F projects are at various stages of implementation under the initiative. Out of this number, 104 are currently in operation, 150 are under construction, and the remaining 24 are at the mobilization stage.
One hundred and sixty-five (165) out of the 278 projects, that is 60% of the factories, are new projects, whilst 113 companies are existing projects being supported, representing 40%.
These indisputable facts lend credence to the fact that President Akufo-Addo is not only a man of his words but a visionary leader as well. Posterity would look back at his era and show their profound appreciation for his sterling performance and sound, courageous and visionary leadership.
This is one of the true stories of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. He is about the growth, development and prosperity of Ghana today and tomorrow. He has the welfare of the people at heart, and would never ask the youth to either do or die.
P.K. Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.