Authorities of the Ayensu Starch Factory have dismissed media reports which suggested that the company has been disconnected by the ECG due to huge debts.
Barely a week after its reopening, some media reports indicated that the ECG has moved in to cut power supply to the factory due to outstanding debts.
However, speaking to Citi Business News, the Public Relations Officer of the Ayensu Starch Factory, Sophia Lissah stated that the company is operational and functioning, but in stages since it was recommissioned not long ago.
“Ayensu Starch factory was recommissioned just last week and don’t forget that the factory had been run down and that is how come a private investor had to come in,” she explained.
She stated that restoring power to site is part of the main objectives of the new investors.
“This power issue could be part of those challenges for which a private invesor had to come in to make sure that it comes back to life and I am saying that Ayensu Starch factory is in operation,” she said.
She stated that the power challenge was not perculiar to only the company due to supply of electricity nationwide.
“We have a generator on stanby anytime the light goes off. Situations like these happen everywhere in the country. But I can assure you that our generators are on standby,”she assured.
Enough raw materials
Clarifying rumours of lack of raw materials (cassava) to keep the factory running and producing the required starch, Ms. Lissah stated that the company has enough cassava to keep the factory in operation.
“The cassava comes in as and when it is needed. The machine does not have to run 24/7 and people will have to bring the cassava from the farm. You cannot store the cassava for too long. There is no point in stocking cassava that will go bad and to waste.”
Seventy percent of the Ayensu Starch Factory shares have been sold to JUSPONG Groups, a waste management company in Ghana.
By: Jessica Ayorkor Aryee/citibusinessnews.com/Ghana