Actor cum politician, John Dumelo says he can revive the Komenda Sugar factory if given the opportunity.
In a Twitter post, the farmer and philanthropist stated that taking into consideration the duration for planting and harvesting of sugar cane, he can get the factory running in 16 months.
“The factory needs about 200,000 tons of sugarcane(pa) to operate at full capacity. We can do it,” John Dumelo wrote.
His comment follows a JoyNews documentary produced by Joojo Cobinah on the abandoned sugar factory which has been rusting away since operations halted.
The old factory, built-in 1964, became defunct about 30 years ago due to technical difficulties and mismanagement.
“He (President Nana Akufo-Addo) promised that he will fix the factory. But he has not fulfilled that promise. So we are disappointed”, a resident of Komenda said.
It may sound basic, but Ghana had a dream to start producing sugar locally to reduce the importation of sugar. Hence, the rebirth of the Komenda Sugar factory.
So resuming operations at the factory was a perfect opportunity to do things right this time around.
7,300 jobs were expected to be created when the factory runs fully.
The factory, which can crush 1250 tonnes of sugar cane daily, was expected to put a permanent smile on the faces of the farmers, who would directly feed the factory with raw materials and get paid. On May 30, 2016, the factory restored the hope of unemployed youth who dreamt of finally gaining employment.
Former President John Mahama at the commissioning stated that “the income generated by young people would be phenomenal and be able to change their lives”.
The Site Manager in charge of the New Komenda Sugar Factory, Srinivasa Rao, revealed that after sugar production, the accumulated residue of the sugarcane would be used to generate three megawatts (MW) of electricity.
That dream has faded away after 5 years.