Aggrieved farmers and workers of the Ayensu Starch factory in the Awutu-Bawjiase in the Central region have petitioned government for reversal of the decision to sell 70% of the company’s shares to Jospong Group.
Presenting the petition to the District Chief Executive of the Awutu Senya-West, Stephen Kwame Quaye, the irate workers said the factory has taken a nose-dive since it was sold out to the private entity.
Workers were clad in an all-red attire and demonstrated early in the morning to press home their demand for a reversal of the company’s biggest shares.
The protesters were wielding placards with various inscription such as “Stop being Konongo Kaya, We want an investor, Leave Ayensu factory alone” among others.
Yaw Ofori Asante, leader of the protesters told newsmen that they have not been paid for the past 18 months and demanded government to take back the company and resuscitate it.
Government, in August 2016 offered 70% of its shares in the Starch Company to Tiberias Company Limited, a company affiliated to the Jospong Group.
Tiberias Company accepted and made an initial payment payment of $2,269,500 representing 51% of its $4,450,000 obligation and the Purchaser and has made no further payment thereafter.