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GHANA: Textiles Traders Furious as Authority Enforces Law



GHANA: Textiles Traders Furious as Standards Authority Enforces The Law to Protect Consumers.

The Ghana Standard Authority (GSA), embarked on an inspection exercise to Makola and surrounding markets to clear off substandard textiles from the market as part of its mandate to provide quality assurance.

This exercise, however, has been met with resistance from some shop attendants who locked up their shops and left the markets before the GSA stopped them.

Another act of resistance came in though protest songs after the Authority took samples of some suspected textiles for a laboratory test and shut down some shops.

Some of the traders, however, insisted that their textiles were not inferior as the Authority claimed, a trader, Madam Efia Therezah, appealed to the government to ensure a constant supply of Ghanaian textiles such as the GTP and others to discourage the influx of the foreign substandard ones and proffered the solution of ensuring that the local textiles were sold at affordable prices.

However, the Business Development Manager at the GSA, Mr. George Kojo Anti, said the Authority had verified the influx of fake textiles on the Ghanaian market, decided to carry out the activity to clear them off the market.

According to Mr. Anti, the Authority was committed to making sure that the public did not consume substandard products, He debunked claims of the Authority trying to stifle business growth and affirmed that it was aimed at facilitating trade and protect consumers from consuming substandard products at the peril of their lives.

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