…To Create Jobs, Boost Local Industry Growth
Religious Leadership Council of Ghana (RLC-G), a platform of religious leaders establish to offer support for the nation’s development agenda, will begin the construction of two different factories in the country.
The move, according to Apostle Dr Alex Kwame Appiah, Executive Director of the Council and President if the GEWAH Group of companies, will create jobs and offer skills development opportunities for the Ghanaian youth.
In an exclusive interview in his office, Dr. Appiah noted that the Religious Leadership Council of Ghana, which draws its membership from all religious groups; including Christian, Muslim, charismatic, Pentecostal and Traditional religious sects across the country, has identified some major problems facing Ghana as a country and has therefore come together to offer some solutions especially, in the area of manufacturing, job creation and education.
He said, the Council is acquiring ten (10) acre land on the Winneba road and same at Nsawam for the factory project.
He revealed that, it is worrying to hear that Ghana continues to import little items such as toothpick, toothpaste, slippers, spoons, cutlery from other countries when indeed, these products can be produced here in Ghana by the people.
“So what we will be doing is that, we will open these factories, the one on the Winneba road will be for the production of toothpick, sandals, slippers, spoons, cutlery, and plastic materials like bowls. The factory that we will establish at Nsawam will be for the manufacturing of Africa fashion, where we will produce our African wear and sell at cheaper prices.” He said.
Dr. Appiah told this reporter that, it is time government takes a closer look at the private sector and invest in the sector since it can generate much revenue for growth.
According to him, if government considers empowering the private sector, a time will come government or the state will not be so much overburdened by the problems the country is facing since the private sector will take control and build the nation for the better.
He said, leadership of the Council will link the Religious Leadership Council of Ghana to industries in China, Turkey and others so as to tap into their fortunes so as to build the Ghanaian industries.
Dr Appiah averred that, every religious leader is an automatic member of the Council, hence what the Council needs at this point is ideas, plans, and policies that they hope will propel the Council to meet its mission when they are implemented.
“We need their advice and support. We need their ideas, plans and policies that will help us to succeed.”
Addressing the issue of funding the Council’s projects, Dr. Appiah said the council will have an account in which dues from members will be saved, with signatories and a committee set up to audit the account regularly to avoid abuse.
“There will not be any case of abuse. I can assure you.” He said.
He also indicated that, the Council will also be involved in community help projects and philanthropic activities in order to impact positively on the lives of people especially the underprivileged.
“We will also be engaged in roads, KVIP, Drains constructions and the provision of portable water for communities that are lacking as part of our social responsibility commitment,” he said.
“Health and sanitation will also be given great priority.”
Apostle Dr. Alex Appiah said, the Council was registered in 2012 with bits headquarters at Weija in Accra has plans of opening branches across the country.
Other executives of the Council include; Apostle Paul KwesiAsare-Coordinating Director, Lady Apostle Ellen Krakue-Communication Director, Prophetess Elizabeth Boateng-Executive Board Member, Pastor Kwadwo Agyekum, Apostle Godwin Adom, Apostle Dr. Matthew Antwi, Apostle Amoako Atta, and Apostle Ebenezer Asante.