B5 Plus Cries For Water, Power

Mukesh Thukwani leading the MPs on a tour of B5 Plus Limited premises

MUKESH
THAKWANI, Director at B5 Plus Company Limited, West Africa’s biggest steel and
iron manufacturing company located at Kpone in the Greater Accra Region, has
appealed to government to provide water and electricity to the company to
enable it operate efficiently.

Thakwani
made the call when members of the Parliamentary Committee on Government’s Assurance,
on Tuesday, paid a working visit to the company’s site.

The
17-member committee was there to tour the factory and verify claims by the
Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen that the company was performing
well after its first phase was commissioned in September 2019.

The US$80-million
factory falls under government’s One District One Factory (1D1F) initiative.

The committee
is one of the standing committees of Parliament mandated to examine, scrutinize
and pursue promises, assurances and undertakings given by a minister from time
to time.

The Members
of Parliament (MPs) were taken round the fabrication, melting and rolling
plants, by officials of the company led by Thakwani.

After
briefing the lawmakers on the operations of the company, Mr Thukwani revealed
that the factory was situated on a 400-acre land and currently providing about
2,200 direct jobs and 5,000 jobs.

According
to him, the company will provide over 10,000 jobs when it was fully
operational.

Also,
he said B5 Plus believed in delivering quality products and that the company
was not only supplying Ghana alone but the entire West African sub-region.

Chairman
of the committee, Collins Owusu Amankwah, who spoke to the media shortly after
the tour, said the MPs were highly satisfied with the work that the company was
doing.

He, however,
stated that the committee would intervene to address concerns raised by the
company including the shortage of water and electricity.

BY Melvin Tarlue