Skip to main content

Workers lay off as ban on scrap metal export have a toll on dealers

Government’s decision to ban export of scrap has begun biting, as dealers at Dagomba Line in Kumasi lay off dozens of workers.
Scrap dealers at the hub which inhabits about 10,000 merchants say business has been poor since the ban came into effect.
Joy News’ Joseph Opoku Gakpo who visited the area reports most of the artisans there have migrated from the northern part of the country to the area in Kumasi to engage in scrap dealing, hence the name, Dagomba Line. They work and live there.
Parliament in March this year passed the Scrap Metal Bill to make the export of scrap illegal.
Government says the move is to ensure scrap materials are available for the local steel industry.
But the scrap dealers are complaining they are not getting market for their goods locally.
A shop owner, Abdallah Alhassan said at the beginning of the year, he had more than 50 employees. Now, only 35 are left; a combination of layoffs as a result of hard market times, and his inability to pay their salaries.
He laments they are forced to return most of the scrap they convey from Kumasi to Accra for sale, because the local buyers don’t have the capacity to buy them all.
The problem cuts across. For some of the artisans, they fear the continuous decline of the business threatens their future. They fear social vices in the community would increase, if nothing is done about the situation.
Alhassan said: “If the ban remains, a lot of them would be unemployed, and some of them would go into armed robbery and all of that.”
Government has indicated it is taking steps to ease the ban, including reviewing the law.
Source: Joyfmonline

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

PFM Act to guide local government authority borrowing

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
The bill, Public Financial Management (PFM) Act 921 which has been passed into law by Parliament is to guide public institutions especially the local government authority borrowing. The law was pass on 3rdAugust, 2016
According to the law, local government authority, a public corporation or state-owned enterprise is liable for the debt and other obligations without recourse to Government, unless otherwise explicitly guaranteed by Government in accordance with this Act.
Madam Eva Esselba Mends, the Chief Economic Officer and Group Head of PFM at the Ministry of Finance told the Daily Express that the law involves a lot but it also give instruction to how state institutions can borrow especially with the  local government authority.
She mentioned that there is no specific law in place that gives direction as to what local authority can do when it comes to borrowing by the authority. Other public corporations sometimes borrow with huge amount for their operation but loca…

Tigo donates 540 tablet phones Death and Birth Registry

By: Sarpongs.blogspot.com 
Tigo Ghana has presented 540 tablets phones with internet connectivity to the Births and Deaths Registry (BDR) for the pilot phase of the automated birth registration programme.
This form parts of Tigo’s strategic focus to accelerate birth registration in Ghana through mobile technology. Tigo in partnership with UNICEF is providing this technology platform.
A statement from Tigo stated that the tablets will allow birth registration attendants from the Births and Deaths Registry to electronically capture details of all new births in 300 communities across Ghana.
The automated birth registration programme which was launched in May this year, is expected to make a significant contribution to an improved national average registration rate, an increase from 65 percent of all children under age one to at least 75 percent by the end of 2017.
According to Tigo, a successful pilot will also contribute to progress under Ghana’s National Civil Registration and Vital Statist…

Vodafone fined a record £4.6 million for IT blunder

A top-up error left pay-as-you-go customers out of pocket and complaints were mishandled
Vodafone has been fined a record £4.6 million by the telecoms watchdog forleaving thousands of customers out of pocket in a disastrous IT blunder.
Ofcom found that the operator mishandled complaints and failed to pay into the accounts of more than 10,000 pay-as-you-go customers when they topped up their credit.
The top-up error, which cost customers £150,000 over 17 months in 2014 and 2015, stemmed from the moving of 28.5 million accounts to a new billing system.Errors in billing data and price plans caused so much protest that it made Vodafone the most complained-about mobile network in Britain.The technical issues were resolved by April 2015 and all accounts are now on the new system, Vodafone said.
Lindsey Fussell, Ofcom’s consumer group director, said:“Vodafone’s failings were serious and unacceptable, and these fines send a clear warning to all telecoms companies.”
The company says that it has ref…