Mahama Ayariga reiterated government’s commitment to provide incentives to the company to produce more vehicles to make the prices lower for the patronage of the ordinary Ghanaian.
Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Mahama Ayariga has promised to encourage colleague Cabinet Ministers to patronise the vehicles of Kantanka Automobile.
This, he said, is in line with President John Mahama’s directive to all citizens to patronise made in Ghana products to promote the growth of industries and the economy.
Mr Ayariga made the remarks when he toured the Kantanka Automobile Factory at Gomoa Mpota in the Central Region
He reiterated government’s commitment to provide incentives to the company to produce more vehicles to make the prices lower for the patronage of the ordinary Ghanaian.
Mr Ayariga also mentioned that the MESTI from next year would be buying vehicles from the company, a directive he has given to the Chief Director at the Ministry.
He said the company is creating jobs for Ghanaian professionals especially, graduates.
The MESTI Minister noted that, upon test driving the vehicle in the factory yard, “the cars are robust, comfortable and can last longer than expected as the quality standard is guaranteed”.
He appealed to the media to take the responsibility of spreading the good news about the factory.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kantanka Automobile, Mr Kojo Sarfo Jnr said the company needs government support in order to import more materials into the country for assembling and manufacturing.
He said an area government could help is to grant tax exemptions for imported inputs.
Mr Sarfo said Kantanka Automobile had met the international manufacturing and assembling standards certified by the international standard organisation.
He said the company is partnering with other automobile companies around the globe, including China to get expatriates from some of the partner companies to work with the business entity.
The CEO also raised questions why government has no policy that instructs the public agencies and departments to purchase the vehicles and other products of the company to promote the economy.
He said the Zimbabwean Embassy in Ghana has so far being the highest buyers of the vehicles for official use.
The prices of the vehicles range from GH₵ 68, 000, which is the SUV 71, GH₵ 79, 000 for the pickup and GH₵ 94,000 for a 4x4 biggest SUV.
The Apostle Kojo Sarfo Kantanka, Founder of the Company, said he started the business 40 years ago and has since ventured into manufacturing of electronics and now into automobile industry.