Vice president Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia has instructed all government institutions to purchase all their sanitary papers from local producers, ABC News can confirm.
The Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, gave this directive on Thursday when he toured the Brompton Portfolio’s toilet paper manufacturing factory located at the Nsawam Prisons in the Eastern Region.
Dr. Bawumia noted that this directive of local procurement of toilet papers is to ensure the success of the One District One Factory Initiative of the NPP administration. According to the Vice President, the set up of several factories to boost the local productive economy needs markets to ensure their sustenance hence the directive.
In his address to the media, officials, management and workers of the company, Dr. Bawumia averred that, “we are also saying if you look at the 14 manufacturers of toilet roll that we now have, they have the capacity to meet most of our local demand for toilet roll in Ghana. So we are saying that from the next procurement cycle, all government institutions – whether it’s the military or the police or the hospitals or the schools, because the taxpayer funds all government institutions – if you’re going to buy toilet roll, all that toilet roll must be bought from local manufacturing companies. So we are using the taxpayer’s money to support our local industries. This will create jobs, will save foreign exchange, will grow the economy and this is the vision of One District One Factory.”
He added that the importation bill of toilet roll alone in 2018 was $70 million. These toilet rolls were imported from countries like Vietnam, Honduras, Marshal Islands, Honduras among others. He continued that our quest to reduce our imports which have negative implications on our exchange rate stability has necessitated the need to create a market for our locally produced goods.
“We know that in this country we have a huge dependence on imports and so the import bill tends to be very high and we rather export a lot of our primary commodities. The vision of the President is for us to move away from the export of the primary commodities to the manufacturing of these commodities, and this is the background for the One District One Factory initiative. And once we do that we are able to save on scarce foreign exchange, we are able to grow local industries and we’re able to create jobs. These really are three critical advantages of one District one factory”, the Vice President added.
In the company of officials of the Ghana Prisons Service, Deputy Minister of Interior Hon Henry Quartey, Deputy Minister for Trade Robert Ahomka Lindsey, Eastern Regional Minister Hon Kwakye Darfuor, and MP for the area, Hon Frank Annoh Dompreh, vice President Bawumia toured the facilities of Brompton Portfolio, which employs the labour of the prisoners in a profit-sharing arrangement under the One District One Factory Initiative.
Five more toilet paper production factories have also been set up under the 1D1F initiative to augment those produced by the nine existing factories. The 14 factories can meet local demand, according to officials of the Ministry of Trade and Industry.