The Chief Executive Officer of Street Fashion Train Foundation, Mr Benjamin Kojo Mills, popularly known as Mr Wear Ghana has called on the government to temporarily ban the importation of second-hand clothes as a way of limiting the spread of coronavirus.
Speaking on Kasapa Fm’s Entertainment Show with host, Eddie Ray, Mr Wear Ghana stated that though many people buy second-hand clothes sent from other countries, which they prefer because they are more affordable than fabrics produced locally, it imperative at this crucial moment for the government to discourage these imports.
“Importation of used clothes must be banned temporarily because we can’t trust the source in this coronavirus period.” Mills told Eddie Ray on Kasapa Entertainment
According to him, importation of second-hand clothes has rendered local fabric companies like Printex, GTP, ATL, others unproductive.
Mr Wear Ghana who has personally decided to keep wearing local fabrics to among other objectives, promote the local textile industry suggested to the government to resource these local industries to produce more local fabrics at a fair and reasonable price for Ghanaians to afford.
“Now that our borders are closed because of the spread of Covid-19, our faith is now in our hands to increase the production of our local fabrics and also patronise our own clothes.
“Government and stakeholders in the fashion industry should quickly liaise and produce cheaper fabrics and contract our local tailors and dressmakers to produce clothes that are cheap for every Ghanaian UNDER ONE DISTRICT ONE FACTORY INITIATIVE.” Mr Wear Ghana added
He also commended President Akufo-Addo, who for the past years has developed a love for African prints and is making waves with his new shirts, much to the admiration of lots of Ghanaians.
Press Statement from Mr Wear Ghana
The coronavirus [COVID-19] is affecting202 countries and territories around the world with a total confirmed case 575,444 and 26,654 confirmed death as of 29th March 2020, (source; WHO)
The major countries that we import these second-hand clothes are the worse countries that have been hit by the COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.
Countries like USA, Italy, China, Spain, Germany, France, UK, Iran, Switzerland, Netherlands, South Korea, Belgium etc has recorded; 123,428 – 92,472 – 81,439 – 73,235 – 57,695 – 37,575 – 17,089,35,408 – 14,076 – 9,762 – 9,478 – 9,134 cases respectively as of 29th March 2020. (Source;www.worldometer.info) .
Based on the above statistic, it’s important for Ghana to temporary ban the importation of Second-Hand Clothes because we can’t trust the source.
Now that our borders are closed, our faith is now in our hands. we as a country should start thinking critically.
Government and stakeholders in the fashion industry should quickly liaise and produce cheaper fabrics and contract our local tailors and dressmakers to produce clothes that are cheap for every Ghanaian UNDER ONE DISTRICT ONE FACTORY INITIATIVE.
We should involve the Second Hand Cloth dealers and importers to see how best all of us can put our hands-on-deck in these trying times.
Our local fashion designers should be empowered.
Nobody should be left out.
I must commend Kasapresko Company limited and other institution that came to our rescue when we shorted hand sanitizers. It gave me a clear indication that, yes, we can.
This is the time the Ghana Beyond Aid initiative, by the President of the Republic of Ghana be trumpeted.
PATRIOTISM PATRIOTISM PATRIOTISM IS THE WAY FORWARD
GOD BLESS OUR HOMELAND GHANA !!!
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The ban was aimed at boosting its textile industry.