Introduce Friday wear for locally made footwear – AGI Chairman

By
Benjamin Akoto, GNA

Akosombo (E/R), Aug.
14, GNA – Mr Dela Gadzanku, the Eastern and Volta Regional Chairman of the
Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), has called for the promotion of the
wearing of made in Ghana footwear alongside the wearing of made in Ghana
clothes on Fridays.

He said the textile
industry has received a boost as a result of the promotion of the wearing of
Ghanaian fabrics on Fridays and proposed the extension of the same initiative
to the footwear industry.

Mr Gadzanku was
speaking to the media in an interview after a tour of some leather
establishments by the National Chairperson of AGI in charge of textiles,
garments and leather.

The tour team was
made up of Mrs Doris Kessie, National Chairperson of AGI for Textiles, Garment
and Leather; Mrs Sharon Boccoh, Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of Vashty
Garments; Mr Yaw Barimah, CEO, Barimah Shoes; and officials of AGI of Eastern
and Volta Regional Branch.

The two day tour,
formed part of a familiarization and fact finding mission to engage with
members of the Association in the Volta and Eastern regions.

Mr Gadzanku said to
imbibe the idea in the younger generation, we could also introduce the policy
in the educational sector by calling on students to wear locally manufactured
footwear.

He appealed to the
shoe manufacturers to reduce the prices of their shoes so that more Ghanaians
can patronize the locally manufactured products.

Mr Gadzanku said his
outfit is working with the textiles, garments and leather sector of AGI to
launch an initiative to get Ghanaians to wear local footwear.

Mr Yaw Barimah
Agyapong, the CEO of Barimah Shoes, said the promotion of locally manufactured
footwear would create a lot of opportunities for the employment of many young
people.

He commended
government for initiating various Technical, Vocational Education Training
(TVET) policies and called for a second look at the implementation of the
policies to enable the country to derive the maximum benefit from them.

Mr Barimah said due
to the lack of modern equipment, footwear manufacturers in the industry produce
at a low capacity which contributes to the high cost of production.

He said the cost of
raw materials coupled with the duties at the port is also affecting the cost of
production and called on government to reduce some of the taxes to ensure that
they can always produce and give customers good prices.

The team as part of
the tour visited the Akuley Shoe factory in Kpando, Ho Technical University,
TVET centre and some leather and garment establishments in Kpando, Hohoe and Ho
as well as the Kente weaving center in Kpetoe.

GNA

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