Akufo-Addo’s African wear fake – Abraham Koomson

General Secretary of the Textile, Garment and Leather Employees Union (TEGLU) has claimed the African print shirts won by President Akufo-Addo are fake.

Abraham Koomson is convinced the nicely sewn African textiles worn by the President is from China.

The anti-counterfeit textile crusader on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Wednesday blamed the handlers of President Akufo-Addo for the blunder.

Mr. Koomson made the comment while discussing a planned demonstration by their union ON Wednesday, 12 July, 2017 against government’s inability to publish policy guidelines to regulate the importation and sale of African textile prints into the country.
He said they would also picket the Ministry of Trade and Industry on 13 July 2017 to press home their concerns.

The Trade Ministry, he added had promised to publish policy guidelines to check importation and sale of African textile prints to prevent the flooding of the market with fake products, which had for decades destroyed the local manufacturing industry.

However TEGLU insists, the deadline given by the Ministry for the release of the policy was 30 June, 2017, but all efforts by their union to seek explanation for the delays have proven futile.

In a rebuttal, deputy Trade Minister, Carlos Ahenkorah appealed to the union to rescind their decision.

He said the policy to check the importation of fake textiles into the country is at an advance stage and would be passed soon.

Carlos Ahenkorah Ministry is working assiduously to have their grievances address to ensure the textile industry does not collapse.

 

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