A former Western regional minister and Member of Parliament (MP) for Sefwi Wiawso, Paul Evans Aidoo, has described the ‘One-District One-Warehouse’ policy in the Western North region as a complete waste of the country’s resources.
He, has, therefore called on any future government to do a broader consultation with the people in any region and look at how beneficial a project will be to them.
Mr Evans Aidoo was speaking with Emmanuel Sowah at Sehwi Ewiase, a small farming community near the Western North regional capital, Sefwi Wiawso.
According to the former legislature, constructing a warehouse is not a bad idea. However, areas where crops like maize, rice, beans for commercial purposes are grown should have rather benefited.
He said after the construction of about nine warehouses in the region, not even an okro has been stored in the warehouses.
He challenged the media to visit all the warehouses in the Western North region to ascertain for themselves whether any food has been stored since its completion.
President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in October 2017 rolled out the government’s one-district, one-warehouse programme with a sod-cutting for work to begin on the first warehouse project at Ejura in the Ashanti region.
The warehouse project is a component of the government’s Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP).
Warehouses are to be constructed in the 216 districts to handle produce and store the anticipated surpluses under the government’s Planting for Food and Jobs initiative.
But Paul Evans Aidoo thinks the project has been a waste so far in the Western North region.
He says the funds wasted in the warehouse construction could have been used to provide educational materials for school children.