Obuasi Scrap Dealers Cry For Help
The Obuasi Scrap Dealers Association has added its voice to calls on the government to relax the ban on the importation of scrap material, since the current position was potentially worsening the unemployment situation in the country.
This was because the local scrap factories were hiding behind the ban to either exploit the scrap dealers or push them out of business entirely.
At a press briefing at Obuasi, Mr. Kwame Owusu, Chairman, and Kwaku Aning, Secretary of the Association, explained ‘the local industries are exploiting us by either paying very low prices for our goods, or reject most of the goods with no apparent reason.’
‘In addition, the factories determine the price for the goods according to their own specifications, irrespective of the quality of the scrap materials.
‘They are really pushing us out of the business, notwithstanding that most of our members have accessed huge loans from the banks which they have to pay back,’ the Chairman stressed.
The association bitterly complained about the behaviour of the scrap companies, and appealed to the government and the Minister of Trade and Industry to help sustain the scrap business in the country.
They maintained that their business was helping the government to solve part of the unemployment problem, but the emerging situation would gradually help to aggravate the unemployment.
Mr. Owusu, therefore, appealed to the government and Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Trade and Industry, to consider lifting the ban ‘to keep us in business.’
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