The government of Ghana has entered into the stretegic partnership agreement with the government of the United Kingdom through British High Commission to help revitalize the Volta Star Textile Limited formerly known as Juapong Textile Factory in the North Tongu District of the Volta Region to create a lot of job avenues for people in the region.
This partnership agreement has come to the fore in the instrumentality of the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu Constituency ,Honorable Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwa who has this factory at his heart and working assiduously to make sure that the factory never collapsed again.
The company was established in 1967 as a manufacturing firm for processing cotton into yarn and grey baft to feed local and foreign fabric manufacturing companies.
The company has within the past two decades, however, suffered dire challenges which have negatively affected its operations.
Attempts by government through the Ministry of Trade and Industry to woo strategic investors to inject capital into the company’s business have not yielded results due to huge sums of resources required to revamp the factory.
But currently through the efforts of Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Government of the United Kingdom has come out boldly to support the government to grow and develop the factory to become successful again.
The government of the United Kingdom
(British government) would bring investors to provide modern machinery, spare parts, and adequate funding to support the once vibrant yarn and greybaft manufacturing industry to produce to its maximum capacity.
"I am very grand that l and my team come to help the discussions and identify the rights investors to this factory, financing and right ways to enable this factory to survive," she stated.
The British High Commissioner to Ghana, H.E Harriet Thompson disclosed this when she was conducted through the factory when she toured the Volta Region from Tuesday July 5, 2022.
Their visit visit was aimed at accessing how best the British Government can assist the Juapong Textile Factory to revitalize it to its full production level to create job for the teeming youth in the Volta Region.
Addressing the workers, chiefs and people of North Tongu at Juapong Textile Factory Park after she toured the factory, Madam Thompson reiterated her outfit assurance to the government of Ghana and Mr Samuel Okudzeto to adequately retool and recapitalise the factory to scale up production.
The British high Commissioner stated that she will engage stakeholders in the coming days on how to rejuvenate the factory into a modern and befitting status to boast economic activities in the area.
According to her, Ghana and British have a long standing relationship and pledges to put in her all for the success of any plan towards the revamping and expansion of the factory
She was hopeful that they are supporting this factory in the Volta Region to make more people to come and enjoy the products of the factory.
"I have enjoyed visiting or touring the factory when the Managing Director of Volta Star Textile Limited, Jerome Dunyo has conducted l and my team through the facility. And l can say that today which is my first visit to the community in Volta Region and also it is the first time l see the processing of cotton into fabrics (grey baths)," the British High Commissioner," disclosed.
She pointed out that the contribution of the textile industry to the economy in this country is enormous and indicated that the Government of the United Kingdom through the British High Commission would work closely with the government to safeguard the textiles industry in Ghana.
She indicated that the Government of the United Kingdom is supposed to work with the government of Ghana to transform various sectors including Ghana textiles industry helping to create the positive environment to drive investments that would safe the textiles industry to perform to fully potentials to generate the wealth for the country.
For his part, Honourable Okudzeto Ablakwa thanked the British High Commissioner for her visit to the factory to interact with the workers as well as to access how best the British government can assist the Factory to grow to actualize its vision.
The MP assured his full support to create enable environment for the British government
to help the factory to grow for more jobs.
The MP revealed the education infrastructural support the British government has provided to the people in the North Tongu Constituency, saying that the British government has built two schools in the constituency.
According to him, British government built a six unit classrooms block for Juapong Textile Factory School and that its contribution to the education in his constituency is very large.
"We have believe in setting principles that should guide us as a human beings and that we look out for each other, we care for each other, we look at everybody, particularly vulnerable people in the society," the MP stated.
He noted that he was excited about the New British High Commissioner saying that "l have really observed keenly as Ranking Member of Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament that this new British High Commissioner has the heart that she really cares for vulnerable persons.
"As a mental health champion in Parliament, l can confirm to you that the new British High Commissioner supports the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), she supports Gender and Social Protection Ministry as well as supports a lot of non governmental organizations (NGOs) which are working in the fields of supporting the vulnerable, social protection, female empowerment.
"...so l really wanted us to have a good refreshment with her because this her first visit to the Volta Region," Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa stressed.
Some of the workers who spoke to the Soireenews.com appealed to government to intervene and assist the company in the procurement of raw materials, retooling and spare parts to enable the company to run successfully as the only surviving textile spinning and weaving mill in the country.
According to the workers , the initiative will go along away to supply their overwhelming customers with the world-class gray baft to GTP and other countries to generate foreign exchange as well as guarantee job security for the youth in the region.