Govt asked to ensure fair deals in cement industry

Dr. George Crentsil (second from left) receiving the key to the vehicle from Mr. Tati Rmarao. Looking on are officials from the GSA and Dimond cement.The General Manager of Diamond Cement Ghana Limited, Mr. Tafi Ramarao, has urged government to ensure fair trade practices in the country’s cement industry.

That he explained would protect the traditional producers of the commodity, whose businesses are at risk as a result of the influx of cheap quality cement into the country.

Mr. Ramarao said this when the company presented a double cabin Tata Xenon pick-up valued at GH¢100,000 to the Ghana Standards Authority to help boost monitoring activities of the authority.

According to the General Manager, the importation of cement into the country is seriously affecting their businesses, which might force them to lay off their workers

Mr. Ramarao indicated that Diamond Cement employs more than 1,000 workers aside other corporate social responsibilities to the Aflao community, where the factory was located, adding that “A drop in profit marging would significantly affect its social commitments to the people as well as its staff”.

He urged government to offer equal tax incentives to all players in the industry to arrest their dwindling fortunes.

Mr. Ramarao assured that the company would continue to produce good quality cement for sale to the public in order to maintain that standard in the sector.

He commended the authority for the effort at ensuring that the right quality and quantity of the product was offered for sale to the public.

The General Manager urged for further cementing of the bond between the company and the GSA.

The Executive Director of the authority, Dr. George Crentsil commended the company for the gesture and assured that the vehicle would be used for its intended purpose as well as the adoption of a strict maintenance culture to ensure its life span.

He charged other corporate bodies to assist the authority discharge its functions effectively.

 

By Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu

 

 

 

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