Wa, Aug. 29, GNA – The Wa Fruit Juice Factory would by the end of end of September, commence production of quality fruit juice after it faced a closure in 2011.
The factory, which was created as a result of the sister city relationship between Wa and IEPER City in Belgium, was established in 2007 but collapsed in 2011 due to management difficulties.
The Wa Municipal Assembly, unhappy with the situation, decided to open up for private partnership in order help manage and inject the needed capital into the refurbishment of the factory and Ndaana Ghana Limited won the bid to partner with the Assembly to resurrect the fruit juice factory.
Mr Gregory Lankono, Director, Ndaana Ghana Limited, said a total amount of 1.4 million Ghana cedis is needed to completely refurbish the factory.
He said this when Mr Issahaku Nuhu Putiaha, the Wa Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), visited the facility in the company of press men.
Mr Lankono said raw materials such as mango, water melon and pineapple are available and gave the assurance that by end of September, 2016 they would commence production.
Mr Putiaha said he was happy that very soon the factory would once again commence production of fruit juice, create jobs for the youth and also create market for fruit producers.
The MCE also visited the construction of the Wa Airport site where he was told by Kwaw Solomon-Ayeh, Resident Engineer, Ghana Airport Company Limited, that the facility would be ready by end of September, 2016.
He said major works such as construction of the drainage system, access roads and refurbishing of both the arrival and checkout points among others have all been done.
The Airport had a width of 45 meters and a length of 2 kilometers and this Mr Solomon-Ayeh said was enough to contain any “Coat C Aircraft”.
The completion of the facility in September and its subsequent inauguration will see the commencement of commercial domestic flight to Wa in the Upper West Region.
Mr Putiaha also inspected work on 78 market stores at the new Wa market site along the Charia Road as well as some tarred roads within Wa town.