Members of the Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled (GSPD) have called on government to provide more financing for the redevelopment of their defunct chalk-manufacturing factory.
Their call comes as government, through the World Bank’s Skills Development Fund (SDF) and the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), plans to revamp the factory, which was closed down two years ago, by providing GHC 20,000 for acquisition of machinery and training purposes.
In an interview with Onua FM, the onetime production manager of the factory, Mr Elvis Alipui said aside the provision of machinery and training; there is the need to provide a permanent site for the factory.
“We used to operate our factory at the office of the Social Welfare but if government gives us the new machinery, we can’t install them at the old premises,” he said.
“We need a permanent place where we can carry out manufacturing activities without problems from landowners”.
He also underscored the need for the constitution of a management team that would ensure the profitability the factory.
Mr. Alipui he further said, “we don’t have any working capital that we can use to start operations once the machinery is purchased by the government through the SDF.”
Asked about the viability of the chalk manufacturing industry considering that most schools currently use markers, Mr Alipui said the factory would have diversified production lines which will include sowing of school uniforms and manufacturing of white writing boards.
He said the multipurpose factory would provide job opportunities that would empower persons with disability economically to fend for themselves.
Source: Onua FM