Newly-installed chief of Toase in the Ashanti Region, Nana Yim Awere Ababio, is encouraging local and foreign investors to take advantage of government’s One-District-One-Factory programme to invest in his area.
According to Nana Ababio, large-scale cultivation of cassava and ginger are essential raw materials for agro-processing and these are products that are cultivated in his area.
He noted that Toase has a flexible and documented plan for land acquisition as an incentive for both medium-to-long-term investment.
Over 85 percent of the residents of Toase live below the minimum wage and are looking for an opportunity to create other avenues for improved income.
As a first step, the community is establishing technical and vocational training centre to train youth in mobiles phones repairs, shoemaking, tie and dye and other trades.
“I will not sit-down unconcerned for my people to languish in poverty; I will give them skills training while we wait for investors to create jobs,’ he said.
“We have vast land for investors with flexible terms to foster development,” he added.
“If you are a native and you have spoken to any investor, please come on board, my doors are open for developments’.
Nana Awere Ababio who is also Finance Officer at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital has set up an educational fund to support brilliant-but-needy children in the communities.
He appealed to natives and residents at home and abroad to support the initiative while urging chiefs in the area to maintain peace for the welfare of their people.
“We must stay united, whilst we pursue the agenda for development, account for stewardship, that is what leaders do.”
Story by: Malik Awuku