The Komenda Sugar Factory has been closed down for a scheduled six months maintenance, two days after it was inaugrated by President John Mahama.
Member of Parliament for Cape Coast South Constituency Ricketts Hagan told Accra-based Joy FM that the shutdown for maintenance was necessary for the plant to run efficiently.
“The plant will be in the production phase from October – November to May-June then the maintenance cycle will be between May-June until October again when the production starts.
“The plant has a maintenance cycle where a lot of things like cleaning up will be done. Maintenance is one of the things we have not been good at in this country and it is not surprising that we have run down all the factories that were built during Nkrumah days”.
He said the inauguration of the plant coincided with the time it was supposed to be maintained, hence the need for it to be closed.
President John Mahama on Monday May 30 inaugurated the refurbished Komenda Sugar Factory in the Central Region.
The factory, according to government, is expected to create over 7000 jobs.