President Nana Akufo-Addo’s beautifully sewn African prints shirts are made from fake textiles.
This was revealed by the General Secretary of the Textile, Garment and Leather Employees’ Union (TEGLU), Abraham Koomson.
He said on Accra-based Asempa FM that, the even though the president wants to promote the purchase of products made in Ghana, he doubts if he purchases them himself.
“The President wants to promote local textiles, for all you know the Ministry of Trade buys the China print for him and he does not inspect it, and goes to sew it and wears it, thinking it’s printed locally. This is what is happening, I wish I could examine what he wears to see if its authentic local print,…but I doubt it is.”
Koomson has been leading the fight against counterfeiting, smuggling, and dumping of fake fabrics onto the Ghanaian market.
The president, who is known for wearing suits, has in recent times developed a new love for African prints much to the admiration of lots of Ghanaians.
This was after the general public criticised President Nana Akufo-Addo for wearing suits in his early days in office.
In a related development, the Textile, Garment and Leather Employees’ Union (TEGLU) has said they will demonstrate on Wednesday, 12 July, 2017 against government’s inability to publish policy guidelines to regulate the importation and sale of African textile prints into the country.
The group has also indicated that it would picket the Ministry of Trade and Industry on 13 July 2017 to press home their concerns.