THE fifth phase government has never and will never look back on its bid to transform this country into middle economy, and one of the means to achieve this is through industrialisation.
This has seen the responsible authorities putting emphasis on the need to establish new industries while at the same time reviving those that had been turned into white elephants.
And, to make this goal a reality, the government has embarked on a one-year nationwide campaign aimed at mobilising regions to construct at least 100 small and medium industries by December 2018.
Launching the campaign, the Minister of State in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government), Mr Suleiman Jaffo noted that every region should outline priority industries based on available raw materials and markets in respective regions.
“Regional authorities should mobilise groups and individuals on industrialisation to attain the goal of up to at least 50 small industries and 50 medium industries in every region by December next year,” said Jaffo. This move by the government could not have come at a better time than this.
The fact remains that for the industrialisation drive to bear fruit, there is need to have some strategies and efforts meant to fuel the process.
The campaign that is meant to ensure that every corner of the country is industrialised, will see the industries being sustainable in the sense that the firms will be established taking into consideration the abundance of raw materials and the availability of ready markets for the products. All the regionals leaders tasked with executing these duties should make sure that they do it whole heartedly for the country to realise its goals.
They should leave no stone unturned especially for those who are bent on reversing the gains of the government in this regard. On the other hand, they should shun corruption and bring to book everyone who will be found to have been engaged in corrupt activities.
They should also make sure that land, water, electricity and infrastructure such as roads are readily available to promote this agenda.
The general public on the other hand should join hands and help make this dream a reality, through their participation and shunning corruption. Once everyone plays his or her part, then this goal will be realised shorter than expected.