1D1F: Akufo-Addo takes clothing factory in Koforidua. In operation
President Nana Akufo-Addo on Tuesday appointed MaaGrace Company Limited, a clothing company operating under the government’s 1-District-1-Factory initiative.
The company specializes in the production of utility clothing, uniforms for security guards, hospital clothing, uniforms for hotels, uniforms for schools and the production of standardized uniforms.
Equipped with 600 industrial machines and with the support of the Department of Commerce and the Ghana EXIM Bank, the company was able to export 20,000 and 80,000 units of hospital linen and uniforms for chefs to the USA per month in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
The company began operations in 2003 under the government of former President John Agyekum Kufuor. However, its operations declined after the Kufuor-led government left. In 2017, the company applied for support under the 1-District-1-Factory initiative and has since revived operations.
President Akufo-Addo commended the company’s senior management and other clothing and textile factories in the country for helping the government fight Covid-19 through its domestically manufactured personal protective equipment (PPE) for use by frontline medical personnel and other professionals.
MaaGrace Limited was a leading apparel company producing over two million face masks, 18,000 hospital gowns and headgear, and 12,000 medical scrubs in a short period of time, a classic example of the government’s import substitution strategy, which is one of the strategic goals of the 1D1F initiative.
The company’s promoter, Comfort Owusu-Agyemang, told the president about the significant job opportunities the company has created, underscoring the 1D1F’s strategic intervention in addressing the challenges Ghanaians face, particularly youth unemployment.
She pointed out that around 600 youth from across the New Juabeng North community and the surrounding area have secured jobs in their area, preventing rural-to-urban migration, another strategic goal of the 1D1F initiative.
With the support of the Ministry of Commerce, Ghana EXIM Bank and Ethical Apparel Africa, the number of employees is to increase significantly.
With the establishment of the One District One Factory (1D1F) initiative, an election promise by the NPP under the leadership of the President to support the private sector in setting up at least one industrial company in each of the administrative districts of the city comes true.
The One District One Factory (1D1F) concept, among other government initiatives, aims to transform the country’s industrial landscape and build the capacities of local businesses to produce high quality products and services for both domestic and overseas markets.
New assembly block in the northern district of Juaben
President Akufo-Addo has also commissioned the newly built administrative block of the New Juaben North Municipal Assembly. The building was built to ensure effective administration of the congregation.
It is worth remembering that the New Juaben South Municipal was created in 2017 through Legislative Instrument (LI) 2302
Messers King Dwosco Enterprise Limited received the order with a contract amount of ¢ 3,442,539.45 with EcoPlanners & Engineering Consult as project consultant.