A concern group of persons from the Upper East Region with name ‘’Narrative Changers’’ have raised their voice to the government of Ghana to as a matter of urgency and development revamp the defunct meat factory in the region.
The GIHOC Zuarungu Meat Product Limited in Dulugu was set up in the year 1965 operating to full capacity. The meat factory used to source for its raw materials from the region and neighboring Burkina Faso and also from Mali. The factory used to churn out about one thousand canned beef per day. Hundreds of jobs were created both directly and indirectly and thus served as a source of livelihood to the people. The meat factory however grounded to halt in the year 1995 due to what some people call mismanagement. A recent visit to the factory shows that, though some heavy machines are still in good shape others were seen fast deteriorating.
Narrative Changers, a non-partisan group formed with the vision of ‘’creating a new Upper East Region that is focused and hungry for massive infrastructural and human resource development’ ’The group as part of their plans of selling out the region to investors, paid a visit to the factory to ascertain the state of the defunct factory and has since made a passionate appeal to government and investors both local and foreign to rehabilitate the factory as part of the flagship programme ‘’One district! One factory!’’. They group lamented the issue of promise and fail on the part of government as a source of worry. Recollecting, somewhere in 2017 the minister for Special Development Initiative Hawa Koomson during her tour to the SADA Zone did categorically stated the revamping of the meat factory into a modern abattoir and has since been on hibernation for time being now. The group has also promised to unearth the untapped potentials as well as challenges bedeviling the region.
According the chairman of Narrative Changers, Mr.Adama Muntala believe that, when the factory is rehabilitated it could contribute immensely to poverty alleviation in the region since not less than 400 people could be directly employed and others indirectly employed. They also believe that, importation of canned beef from abroad and boosting of other economies would be a thing of the past. He however lamented current government’s incessant nature of putting up new factories to score political points instead of revamping or rehabilitating defunct factories like the meat factory in Bolgantaga and the Pwulugu Tomatoes Factory also in the region.
BY:Ayamga Bawa Fatawu