Former Central Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Bernard Allotey Jacobs has confessed that President Akufo-Addo’s One-District-One-Factory (1D1F) has won his support.

According to him, even though the 1D1F Policy is an initiative of his rivalry New Patriotic Party (NPP), it is the interest of the people and worth supporting.

Speaking to JoyNews, Uncle Allotey Jacobs as popularly called admitted that he was ignorant about the benefit from the Ekumfi Juice Factory for the people of the Central Region, particularly the farmers, fishers, and factory workers.

“We took the 1D1F for a joke but we have realized that it can employ the whole community. The surprising thing is that the fishers are also planting pineapples for the Ekumfi factory,” he added.

The Akufo-Addo government in an attempt to move the country towards industrialization, increase its agricultural and manufacturing output, reduce the reliance on imports, and increase the production of consumer goods and food availability introduced the One-District-One-Factory initiative in 2017.

The ruling NPP as part of its 2016 manifesto has the intention to equip and empower communities to utilize their local resources in manufacturing products that are in high demand both locally and internationally.

Uncle Allotey Jacobs during the commissioning of the Ekumfi Juice Factory in the Central Region in his estimation said that 80 percent of the factory employees are women.

He stressed that the people in the Central Region who have had the opportunity to work in the factory should put in efforts to maintain the factory as the factory is translating money into the people’s pockets.

He however appealed to entrepreneurs and investors to support the NPP Government initiative and also help to create about 20 more factories in the Central Region for the benefit of the locals.