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10.04.2006 General News

Assembly acquires a 237 million cedis palm oil plant

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Asamankese, April 10, GNA - West Akyem District Assembly has acquired a 237 million cedis palm oil processing plant at Topease to create employment for the youth in the district. The assembly is in addition, making efforts to acquire 405 hectares at Oworam for an oil palm plantation.

Mr Kwabena Sintim-Aboagye, West Akyem District Chief Executive announced this when addressing People's assembly forum at Asamankese at the weekend.

He said the assembly had purchased three tractors valued at 480 million cedis to enhance agricultural production, increase production of food and cash crops and alleviate poverty in rural communities.

Mr Sintim-Aboagye said Pinora Company Limited; a fruit juice-processing factory had been established between Asamankese and Asuokaw and would employ 150 of the youth in the district.

He said the assembly had initiated efforts to enter into partnership with the management of ABEX Impex Ghana Limited, a private company to establish a vegetable oil processing factory at Asamankese. The DCE said these included negotiations with management of National Investment Bank to secure about 1.5 billion cedis to undertake the project, to create more jobs within the district.

Madam Susana Mensah, Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, said the Government had provided more financial assistance to Serious Fraud Office, Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice and Auditor-General's Department for an effective and efficient performance as part of measures to check corruption in the society.

She appealed to beneficiaries of the National Health Insurance Scheme to inform others of its usefulness to attract them to register. Ms Mensah observed that a two-and-a-half per cent levy on goods and services were being used to finance the scheme, therefore those who had refused to register were being cheated.

Participants at the forum called for a housing scheme for workers to save them from 'Shylock' landlords.