Ghana tailors, seamstresses urged to aim at external market
Mr Joseph Amenowode, the Volta Regional Minister, has appealed Co-operative Tailors and Seamstresses in the Volta region to upgrade their skills, attitudes and knowledge to improve the quality and standard of their products.
He said this at the first General Assembly of the group in Ho under the theme, “Coming together for a sustainable development”.
Mr Amenowode urged the Society to fix its sights on the international market where opportunities abound.
“I urge you to get in touch with and discuss with the Export Promotion Council the possibility of helping you to scout the external market for patronage of your products”
That, he said, would require that they break out of the culture of small scale output and commit to working in larger groups in order to attain economy of scale.
Mr Amenowode said the competitive business environment especially in garment and fashion today required that tailors and seamstresses overcome the bad practice of playing hide-and-seek with their clients and produce to clients’ specifications and quality.
He assured the Society that it stood a good chance of securing jobs when the government begins implementing the pupils’ school uniform project and financial support under MASLOC.
Mr Patrick Debrah, President of the Ho branch of the Society, appealed to government to help settle many young men and women members who had trained free of charge.
He alleged that attempts by the Society to secure loans under the Medium and Small Loans Scheme (MASLOC) for its members have proved unsuccessful.
Mr Debrah conceded that “due to the selfishness and dubious behaviour” of some members, it has became difficult for government to extend financial assistance to them and appealed for change of attitude.
The Society later donated 40 uniforms and soap worth 550 Ghana cedis to inmates of the Ho Prisons.