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1D1F DATABASE SECURE; INVESTIGATION ON COURSE

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Management of the One District, One Factory (1D1F) secretariat have assured the public that proposals put forward by investors willing to be part of the government’s flagship local industrialisation programme are safe.

Management of the One District, One Factory (1D1F) secretariat have assured the public that proposals put forward by investors willing to be part of the government’s flagship local industrialisation programme are safe.

 

The assurance comes after the secretariat in Accra was burgled yesterday at dawn.

Speaking to the Daily Statesman, a One District, One Factory project officer, Isaac Nkrumah, said that even though the perpetrators had made away with valuables, the secretariat is not worried that there are threats to the safety of investors.

“The good thing about all this is that each and every proposal made by a promoter is safe, because the criminals did not have access to the proposals where we kept them,” he told the Daily Statesman.

“What they had access to is the unique code given to the promoter after registration.”

The burglary

Describing the circumstances of the burglary to the Daily Statesman, Mr Nkrumah said when secretariat officials arrived at work on Wednesday morning, security personnel informed them that some items had been stolen from the premises.

Locked drawers in the building were also forced open.

“In all, I think they stole about five desktop computers, two laptops, a television set and some other valuables,” he said. “Envelopes containing some documents were torn up.”

Mr Nkrumah said the incident had been reported to the Cantonments Police Station. The matter was subsequently referred to Police Headquarters.

“They came here with their CID officers and forensic auditors to pick up fingerprints and also to assess the place. We have in turn given them our side of the story.”

Speculation

Mr Nkrumah expressed astonishment that anyone should want to rob the secretariat.

Asked whether the incident is politically motivated, the project officer said that when such episodes occur, people tend to speculate. However, the secretariat does not wish to point accusing fingers, he said, but will wait on findings from the security services.

“We are relying on the police to do a professional and good job for us,” he said.

One District, One Factory was initiated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to address the challenge of slow economic growth at district level.

It is equipping and empowering communities through a nationwide industrialisation drive to use local resources to manufacture products in high demand locally and internationally.

The programme is expected to create between 7,000 and 15,000 jobs per district and between 1.5 million and 3.2 million jobs nationwide by the end of 2021.