The General Secretary of the Ghana Labour Federation, Abraham Koomson, has called for government’s intervention in the textile sector.
Koomson, who is also the General Secretary of the Textile, Garment and Leather Employees Union, addressed some challenges confronting the textile industry.
He revealed on Radio Gold’s “Tea Cup” that the textile industry will soon come to a standstill if government does not intervene to salvage it from pirates and smugglers whose actions are destroying the sector.
He called on government to put measures in place to ensure that importers of textile materials do not evade the payment of duties on their goods.
This, he believes, will give the local manufacturers a fair competition, therefore, enhancing the work of local producers.
He also called on the appropriate authorities in the textile industry to work against importers who use unapproved entry points to smuggle their materials into the country.
He was of the view that the practice where smugglers get free access into the nation affects job creation and as a result, the textile authorities have set up a taskforce to seize materials smuggled or pirated in the country.
In the face of the canker in the textile sector, Mr. Koomson appealed to “government to intervene to make sure that people pay appropriate duties so that we can compete. We are not asking for protection for the local industry. We are talking about fair competion.”
Source: Peace FM .
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