Professor Lade Wosornu, Professor in Surgery has advised Ghanaians to patronise healthy products that would enable them to become health conscious, thus protecting themselves against preventable diseases.
Prof Wosornu gave the advice when he performed the official launch of Northern Star Parboiled Rice from the Northern Region by Ghana Made, promoters and marketers of made-in-Ghana products at the forecourt of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly at the weekend.
He reminded Ghanaians that the destiny of the nation lay in their own hands and for this reason; they should concentrate on development-oriented issues that could lead the nation to progress and prosperity.
Prof Wosornu, who is also a columnist in the “Ghanaian Times” daily, said unemployment was a disease that needed to be cured among the people, especially the youth, in order for them to make meaningful contributions towards the rapid growth and development of the country.
Mrs Comfort Aniagyei, Managing Director of Ghana Made called for increased consumption of made-in-Ghana products and hoped the practice would go a long way to accelerate the nation’s economic growth.
She said as Farmers Day was just around the corner, the most mutually beneficial way to honour the country’s gallant farmers was to patronise their products either in the raw farm produce or in processed form.
“That way, farmers can expand their farms and businesses, and can cater for their families without aid from donors and more importantly have their dignity as proud sons and daughters of Ghana.”
The Ghana Made MD called for support for Small and Medium Scale Enterprises so that they could grow to absorb as many unemployed Ghanaians as possible.
She urged government not to relent on its efforts to assist the local rice sub-sector in order for it to rise up to compete effectively with imported rice.
Mrs Aniagyei urged Ghanaians to wage war against unemployment, poverty, low national self-esteem and on unholy dependence on foreign aid and to promote employment creation and sustenance, wealth creation, national pride, and economic independence.
She pointed out that if Ghanaians stayed the course as a nation in the quest to achieve food self-sufficiency and security, “we can urgently and aggressively move to fuse the short with the medium term.”
She commended the Single Mothers’ Association from the Upper East Region through whose collaboration with Ghana Made the Northern Star Parboiled Rice had hit the market.
Paa Kwesi Gayin, Senior Research Scientist at the Food Research Institute (CSIR) who chaired the function urged Ghanaians to patronise locally manufactured products.