Gov’t ditches Printex: Imports fabric for giveaway propagandize uniforms
November 3, 2015 - School Uniform
The Ministry of Education has flouted President John Dramani Mahama’s process on made-in-Ghana products.
The Ministry is importing fabrics from China for government’s giveaway propagandize uniform programme for deprived pupils in simple schools, digest a contractual agreement with Printex Ghana Limited, one of a internal weave prolongation companies, to supply a fabric useless.
Equipment value millions of dollars that a association purchased to retool a apparatus in expectation of a continual prolongation of a uniforms now distortion idle. The movement of a Ministry of Education contradicts promises done by government to revamp a internal weave attention to make it rival and a vital motorist for girl employment.
Government in 2009 done it a policy to commission internal weave manufacturing companies by procuring all a fabric needs from internal manufacturers.
A few years down a line, government seems to have deserted a internal weave prolongation companies, who have sunk outrageous sums of monies into retooling and installing new machines to accommodate a new demand, to procure a uniforms from China. Late final month, a Greater Accra Regional Directorate of a Ghana Education Service expelled sets of uniforms to schools in Metropolitan, Municipality and District Assemblies for heading placement to pupils in a region.
The growth has sent tongues wagging among a internal weave manufacturing industry, many of who are doubt a government’s commitment to grow a internal attention if it continues to import inexpensive fabric from China during a responsibility of a collapsing internal weave prolongation industry.
In Aug 2009, President John Mahama, afterwards Vice-President, during a assembly with a Association of Ghana Industries and a Textile, Garment and Leather Union, settled government’s resolve to gain all materials for a giveaway propagandize uniform plan and subsequently extend it to other institutions such as a police, troops and paramilitary institutions via a country.
This declaration compelled a internal industries to deposit heavily into machinery to accommodate a demand, though all that is rusting divided as supervision has reneged on a promise, heading to outrageous investments done by some weave companies sitting idle.
The Finder is sensitive that government, after conducting an initial assessment of a internal manufacturers’ ability to accommodate a demand, was overwhelmed by a commentary and went brazen to pointer agreements with some companies to start production.
Documents accessible to The Finder prove that a Government of Ghana, by a Ministry of Education, afterward entered into contractual agreement with Printex Ghana Limited, one of a internal weave prolongation companies, to supply a fabric.
By a agreement, an initial volume of 5,500,000 yards of fabric was ordered by supervision and was ostensible to be delivered in dual batches Information collected by The Finder indicates that out of this quantity, a initial collection of 3,160,000 yards was produced and delivered to government. But that seems to have been an finish to government’s business of shopping from a internal manufacturers.
When The Finder contacted a General Manager, Administration during Printex, Mr Moses Tetteh Zizer, he explained that after a initial shipment was delivered, all efforts to get government to trigger processes for a second shipment has given valid futile.
He told The Finder that a series of correspondences to a Ministry of Education requesting to know a standing of a plan were never answered. In a minute antiquated Jan 17, 2012, a duplicate of that is in a possession of
The Finder, supervision of Printex followed adult on an progressing minute created on Oct 3,2011 seeking information on a standing of a agreement to furnish a second collection of a fabric for a propagandize uniform project.
The letter, with a theme ‘RE: Government School Uniform Project,’ review in part: “We impute to a correspondence on a above theme antiquated 3rd October, requesting to know a standing of a plan to capacitate us organize a operations.
“Unfortunately, no answer was vouchsafed and a standing quo persists. “We wish to take this event to echo a progressing ask for information on a approach forward, in sequence to adequately ready for a continuation.”
This minute is nonetheless to be given a respond from a Ministry of Education, The Finder can report. He remarkable that a company, after a agreement, re-tooled a apparatus in expectation for continual prolongation for supervision as promised. “We even stretched prolongation line, retooled a apparatus since of a quantum we were looking during producing,” he said.
Mr Abraham Koomson, Secretary General of a Ghana Federation of Labour, vocalization to a issue, pronounced a kinship is severely unhappy during a development, since a process to procure fabrics locally was to assistance resuscitate a internal weave attention and to emanate jobs. “Abandoning this commendable process to go squeeze from China is many unfortunate,” he noted.
He mentioned that before government took a preference to gain locally, a group was fabricated to control an comment and do due attention on internal companies’ ability to accommodate a supply direct before a agreement was signed.
According to him, a group was impressed by a findings, that subsequently led to a initial contractual agreement with Printex Ghana Limited. He, therefore, urged a supervision not to renege on a guarantee and to, as a matter of urgency, retreat a trend if it is indeed committed to lenient a internal weave attention to be competitive.
Source: The Finder