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Jan 13, 2016

‘Gov't Committed To Promoting Local Business’


The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Alhaji Collins Dauda, has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to boost the Ghanaian economy through local brands and patronage.

He said it believed that by engaging local producers, it would enhance their businesses and thereby reverse unemployment among the youth in the country.

Alhaji Dauda said this when he led a delegation to tour and inaugurate the Prefos Electrical Training School at Adako-Jachie in the Ashanti Region, as well as mark the 25th anniversary of Prefos Company Limited.

The delegation included the Chief of Staff, Mr Julius Debrah; the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Peter Anarfi-Mensah; Mr Seth Adjei-Baah, the CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and some municipal/district chief executives.

A local electrical and civil engineering company, Prefos Limited promotes commercial activities through street lighting and industrial electrification projects across the country.

Alhaji Dauda noted that the country’s staggering economic condition could only be revived if local businesses were encouraged and given the needed governmental support.

He said the local content law, for instance, needed to be enforced, otherwise key sectors of the economy would be taken over by foreigners.

He expressed optimism that the Prefos example, just like many others, would be emulated by the youth and give hope to Ghanaian businesses.

Modern assembly plant

The Chief Executive Officer of Prefos Limited, Mr Alex K. Fosu, said after establishing a modern assembly plant, he decided to set up the training centre to create opportunities for people who had interest in electrical engineering.

He said Prefos, in partnership with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, would train the first batch of 10 people from each region for six weeks.

According to him, prospective students would be offered hands-on training in electrical wiring, streetlight assembling and installation, as well as solar light assembling, adding that a hostel facility had also been built to provide accommodation for people coming from other parts of the country.

Mr Fosu said the programme was also being partnered by the Energy Commission and that apprentices would be issued with certificates after the six-week intensive training.

He said plans were afoot to expand the production capacity once there was availability of market. –