The Ghana National Union of Polytechnic Students (GNUPS) over the weekend held a ceremony to commence a limited liability corporation, Poly Fashion Concept Ltd at Abuakwa, a suburb of Kumasi.
Speaking to the Central Committee Members of the Union after the ceremony, the Coordinating Secretary, Amponsah Manu said ‘the project is aimed at providing employment for its members and that it is the union’s contribution to solving graduate unemployment.
He said through the company, which can employ 250 people initially, the skills and creativity of members would be put to good use and thereby generate income to support the Union’s budget.
Mr. Amponsah Manu called on all polytechnic products to support the progress of the corporation.
He used the occasion to admonish his colleagues not to forget to always think outside the box in dealing with difficult situations as technocrats.
‘We, as technocrats, must lead and ensure that the crusade against the perception among graduates that provision of jobs remains government’s sole responsibility is minimized.
The Coordinating Secretary, on behalf of the Union and the entire Polytechnic fraternity, called on government, particularly Ministry of Trade and Industry to protect and grow the company to augment government’s effort at creating employment in the country.
He said ‘business moguls are not left out and that all hands must be on deck for the smooth running of the corporation for life.’
The over GHC50,000 project, which is made up of embroidery, industrial sewing and knitting machines, would undertake all sewing contracts.
In addition, the facility would execute screen printing contracts for corporate, individuals and government agencies.
He said as professionals they are interested in rendering quality services.
Mr. Amponsah Manu charged the Students Representative Council (SRC) of the 10 Polytechnics to desist from taking their fashion and printing contracts outside, stressing that the facility is capable of delivering on time regardless of quantity without sacrificing excellence and standards.
By Charles McCarthy
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