Minister for Education, Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh

The Ghana Textiles Workers Union has dismissed claims by the Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh that there is a contract advertisement for local companies to manufacture fabrics for the new Junior High School (JHS) uniform.

According to the group, there has been no advertisement or contract bidding that was announced to them as being purported by the Minister.

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Speaking in an interview on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme, General Secretary of the Textile, Garment and Leather Workers Union, Abraham Koomson, urged the Minister to furnish them with evidence of the contract advertisement.

“The president himself has taken control of the importation of such fabrics that’s why I am surprised the Minister spoke the way he did; because there has been no such advertisement,” he said.

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To Mr Koomson, who reiterated government’s pledge at the State of the Nations address to revive local industries, there must be a publication of the companies that won the bid the Minister spoke about.

“Unless they want to create jobs for their own concubines and families, but if there was any advertisement of that sort, all such people must be verified for us to know how they brought the goods here without passing through the Tema Port.”

Listen to him in audio above: