The opposition National Democratic Party (NDP) will devote greater attention to the production and export of salt to bring “enormous wealth and revenue” to the country, its presidential nominee Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings has said.
Taking her turn at the Institute of Economic Affairs’ Conversation with presidential nominees whose parties have no representation in parliament, Mrs Rawlings said salt was “a major active ingredient for the oil sector”, whose production the country could concentrate efforts on to create prosperity.
To realise this, the former First Lady said in the event of her victory at the polls, her government would set up industries in each of Ghana’s coastal regions to industrially produce the mineral, which could then be exported.
“We in the NDP are looking at setting up four factories along the coast – one in the Volta Region, one in the Greater Accra Region, another in the Central Region, and one in the Western Region – to produce massive amounts of salt,” she disclosed.
According to her, the industries that will be set up will be “first class” and offer attractive packaging to give an “excellent exportable product and at the same time create jobs for Ghanaians”.
Beyond salt from sea water, the wife of former President Jerry Rawlings and founder of the 31st December Women’s Movement said her administration would target rock salt, which would be exported to oil-producing states which heavily rely on salt for their oilfields
“The National Democratic Party sees the opportunity for Ghana to increase its revenue base through the export of rock salt to oil-producing countries if nowhere else, at least for Africa. A developed salt industry can earn Ghana more than gold is earning us today,” Mrs Rawlings stated.