Gov’t must stop talking and save textile industry – Koomson

Business News of Thursday, 3 December 2015


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The local textile industry risks total collapse if urgent steps are not taken by the government, according to the General Secretary of the Textile, Garment and Leather Workers Union, Abraham Koomson.

“The industry is suffering and we don’t see any future for it…really the industry is sick and it is not out of the woods at all,” Mr. Koomson told Morning Starr host Nii Arday Clegg Thursday.

According to Mr. Koomson, who has worked in the textile industry for over forty years, government must stop making unfulfilled promises and back their words with action to revive the textile industry.

He added that government must also stop importing foreign cheap textiles and allow local textile manufacturers to produce quality textile for students.

“We are fed up with political talks, even in parliament they went to buy furniture from China and I am told the chairs have started collapsing what kind of mindset is this.

“With School uniforms; in 2009 government promised to source the materials from Ghana so that local dress makers can have job to do but what are seeing now, they are importing already sewn uniforms from China”.

“The industry is really suffering, look at Juapong [textiles] for about nine, ten months they have not been paid. So if we are going to rely on buy and sell, then this country would be a failed state…so me I am afraid for this country and even Africa”.

“The politicians must talk and act because the talking is too much and anybody who talk too much achieves nothing,” Mr. Koomson said.