Aside from the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy, one campaign message the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) used to flip power from the National Democratic Congress (NDC), is One District, One Factory.
This policy according to the 2016 NPP manifesto was to assist the private sector to set up factories in each district according to their natural endowment and jurisdictional specialisation.
Even though in their second term after securing power from the NDC in 2016, the policy, which many believe has failed has actually been revealed as a brainchild of former First Lady and founder of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings.
Blessed Godsbrain Smart, host of the Smart Show on Smart TV who revealed this on the Friday, May 28, 2021 edition of the show said a proper handling of the policy would have gone a long way to secure employment for many people in the country.
He said Nana Konadu’s 31st December Women’s Movement established almost some four decades ago was an institution of the One District, One Factory, but wasn’t given the nationalistic attention to develop to where it was supposed to be. But after its reintroduction by the NPP three decades after, it was expected to work well to provide jobs for the people but has also failed.
“Nana Konadu’s 31st December Women’s Movement was to inculcate the idea of industrialisation into the women so when we talk about 1D1F, Nana Konadu started it. She was teaching the women how to prepare gari and that was the time we had that sweet Anlo gari where every student wanted some for school. We couldn’t continue and today, Chinese are producing gari and Nigerians are giving them $1.2 billion to provide them gari for Ɛba for two years. This means they’re importing $600 million worth of gari annually,” Captain Smart disclosed.
The Chinese have birthed a technology to manufacture gari, making them produce more in the shortest possible time compared to the traditional mode of production in Ghana. Their gari has found its way into Ghana, posing a threat to the local producers in the country.
Meanwhile, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada has substantiated Captain Smart’s claim that, Nana Konadu’s Movement was an agenda to institute a 1D1F policy according to a 1989 publication on Refworld.
“The movement, established some seven years ago [as written in 1989], has established day-care centres and nurseries, bakeries, fishing cooperatives for women, food-processing factories and a host of economic programmes. It has raised money from both the government and the United Nations’ Development Programme,” the publication stated.