I’m not foolish to build sugar factory without raw materials – Mahama

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Former President John Dramani Mahama has replied his critics who claim he built the Komenda Sugar Factory without providing raw materials to feed it.

Mr Mahama said there was an arrangement in place to provide raw materials for the factory.

The 2020 presidential candidate for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) stated that he studied economics in School hence, was fully aware that a factory could not be established without making raw materials for it.

He explained that the Indian government had asked for the factory to be built and later apply for funds to support the production of raw materials.

The Akufo-Addo administration accused Mr Mahama of establishing the factory with making plans for raw materials.

But speaking Cape FM on Friday October 15, Mr Mahama said “When this government came they said the sugar wasn’t their priority and so they abandoned the 26million dollars the Indian government asked them to apply for .

” They didn’t apply and so they left it and the factory is just there.

“Do you think I am a fool to build a factory and I won’t make provision for raw materials? I am not that foolish, I read economics and so I knew what the vision was.”

The $35 million factory, built from an Indian EXIM Bank facility, has not worked since its commissioning in 2016.

The factory was revamped to revive the local production of sugar, thereby reducing the importation of the commodity.

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana