By Cecil Mensah
The Concerned Scrap Dealers Association, has remindered the Minister for Trade and Industry, Haruna Iddrisu and Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale South in the Northern Region, to redeem his promise he made to them over the relaxation of the wholesale ban on the importation of scrap metals.
“At our last meeting with the Minister and the Association of Steel Manufacturers at the Ministry’s conference room in Accra, Mr Iddrisu gave directives for an amendment Bill to be presented to Parliament for the relaxation of the ban if it resumes in October’’.
This was contained in a statement issued in Accra and Signed by Kamal Deen Saani, Spokesperson for the Association.
“We are by this statement calling on the Minister to kick start the amendment process for the subsequent relaxation of the ban,” the statement added.
The statement, however, commended the Minister and the Ministry for the bold initiative; it had taken to have the wholesale ban placed on the importation of scrap metals relaxed to safeguard the local scrap industry.
The statement said, it was not against the government’s efforts of protecting the local steel industries that equally employs Ghanaians but the local scrap industry must also be made lucrative and weaned from the monopolies of the Indians and Jordanians steel manufacturers operating in the country.
”We want to be given the opportunity under the ban to export the following: Steel balls, ductile steel, Manganese, just to mention a few, which the local steel manufacturers do not have the capacity to melt, hence being thrown away after selecting what they want, which is ferrous metals”.
The statement said, as the law stands, several materials are being rejected by the five local steel industries operating in Tema, namely; Western Steel, Ferro Fabrics, Special Steel, Tema Steel Works and Sentuo Steel and their payment for materials supplied them are fraught with long delays.
The association further stressed that it want the Ministry to set up a team to monitor the exportation of scraps not needed by local steel industries to fetch foreign exchange for the economy.
The statement said it appreciates the initiatives taken by the Ministry and the speed with which had attached to the preparation of the amendment Bill to be presented to Parliament to have the wholesale ban relaxed.
The Association is hereby grateful to all who played roles in the fight against the whole sale ban on exportation of scrap since the beginning of this year.