16:42, 29.Jan 2016
Abraham Koomson, General Secretary of the Textile, Garment and Leather Employees' Union (TEGLU), has said although the government has inaugurated a taskforce to help fight piracy in the textile industry, the problems affecting the companies would not be solved.
According to him, the taskforce has been assigned to man the borders as a way of preventing these smuggled good from entering the country, however, most of these goods do not enter the country through the borders.
He said they are brought into the country through unapproved routes within the forest areas and so the taskforce must focus their attention in these areas.
The textile anti-piracy taskforce was inaugurated by the government on Wednesday.
Speaking on the inauguration in an interview with Chief Jerry Forson, host of Ghana Yensom on Accra 100.5FM on Thursday, October 12 Mr Koomson said: “The Ministry wants the taskforce to be at the boarders but we want them to be within the market. About 99 per cent of the smuggled goods do not go through the borders, they are brought into the country through the forest and bushes.
“The government says also that because there is no money to pay the taskforce ,the three companies, GTP, PRINTEX and Akosombo Textiles will pay them, but we find this problematic.”