GHANA BEYOND AID: GOV’T SEEMS TO BE SERIOUS ABOUT HIS WORDS – INDUTRIALISTS
Reactions from the industries,
Steelco Ghana Limited: The Managing Director of Steelco Roofing systems, Mr. Tony Sethi has lauded effort of the Government to reconstruct the Tema Industrial area road network to befit the status of industrial hub of Ghana. He expressed some.
However, skepticism whether the move was not one of those political gimmicks we have been experiencing over the years in this country.
“My brother, let’s wait and see whether this time they will go by their word because we have been hearing about this kind of promises over and over again without any actions. And who knows whether what the vice president came to do in Tema by cutting the sod for work to start was not one of those political talks, time will tell,” he said.
Sethi Brothers Gh. Ltd:
The General Manager of Sehti Brothers Gh. Ltd., Mr. P.K also expressed happiness about the news of giving Tema industrial Area roads a facelift.
According to him, the reconstruction work has been long overdue and if today government has come to cut the sod for work to begin then it is good news, he added.
Ghana Aluminium Company Ltd. (GHANAL), Mr. V.L Ravi on his part said, the road in front of my company is too bad, the tarred ones on Aluworks road is riddled with potholes of varying deepness and spread, and are in urgent need for reconstruction.
We are completely disappointed so if they are coming to do the roads, they should tackle it with all seriousness so that industries would be a little bit relief from stress and agony they go through when travelling on this roads.
B% Limited: Mr. Mukesh Thakwani, Managing Director, In 2009, the Late President John Fiifi Atta Mills came to Tema Port and announced a Turkish government’s grant of US$300 million to reconstruct Tema industrial area roads but could not materialized six months to end his tenure in office and he passed on.
After that immediate past president, John Dramani Mahama also came to complete his four years term in office without doing anything about the roads in Tema industrial area.
So, we are all looking up to the current President, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo to tackle this road for us since it relates to his flagship programme, one district one factory, an industrial revolution agenda, he stressed. Asadtek Roofing Company: Mr. James Asare Adjei, CEO and immediate past president of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) said, the poor road network at Tema industrial Area is not impacting positively on industrial growth in Ghana because the situation is unacceptable.
“We have said over and again that even if the government cannot reconstruct the roads, the roads need to be rehabilitated such that they are motorable in the short to medium term”
“So if today, they have cut the sod not to rehabilitate it but to reconstruct it as first class road network then we are extremely happy,” Asare Adjei said.
Tropical Cable And Conductor Ltd.
Mr. Tony Oteng Gyasi, Managing Director and former president of AGI, whose company is situated on the main Industrial Area high way is always enraged with his comment on this road. “My factory is full of dust, big men are just sitting down there doing nothing to save us from this mess.”
What at all have we done as industrialists to deserve this critical treatment? As for me I can’t say anything positive until I see the contractor bringing lots of sand, stone, his equipment, etc before I can express some level of happiness,” he concluded.