The Greater Accra Regional Youth Network has noted with grave concern a media report on Myjoyonline.com dated January 28, 2020 which highlighted the announcement by the Management of Neoplan Ghana Limited to allow the company undergo a total shutdown on Friday, January 31, 2020, because it is no longer viable.
This decision was arrived at due to government’s neglect towards the company in the past corroborated by Daily Guide news report on May 3, 2018.
We as youth in Greater Accra Region sees the closure of Neoplan Ghana Limited as a serious matter which needs urgent attention by the government since jobs will be lost and the youth will be the biggest losers, either as direct, current or potential employees or their parents or guardians will be affected.
Neoplan Ghana Ltd. when fully back into operations, not only will it help provide employment to most youth in the region, but will also serve as an avenue for technical students who are into automobile engineering to have their internships in this institution, to gain first-hand knowledge in what they have been learning in the school.
We are therefore calling on the President of the country, HE NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFFO-ADDO and the Minister for Trade and Industry to intervene in this matter urgently and put in place the following measures:
1. Conduct an emergency meeting with the Executives and the Board of Neoplan Ghana Limited, to discuss with them, government’s plans or intentions to support the company and after that make it known to the general public.
2. Financially support the company to fully start operations by the first quarter of this year (2020).
3. Consider Neoplan Ghana Limited first in all contracts relating to the company’s area of services and specializations.
4. Consider the adoption of Neoplan Ghana Limited as part of the One District One Factory project for the people of Ga East Municipal Assembly.
We the youth of Greater Accra Region would also like the government to come out and clarify to the people of Ghana, the specific issues that led to the neglect of the company.
Mr. Joseph Kobla Wemakor
(Public Relations Officer, Greater Accra Regional Youth Network)