The government has been urged to review the uniform and clothing policy of the senior high schools (SHS) to give preference to locally made fabrics.

Nana Adu Mensah Asare, the chief Amakom in Kumasi, said this could help boost the local textile industry and create jobs.

He added that it should not be difficult to replace imported fabrics – khaki, white shirts and “check-check” with beautifully designed local fabrics.

He was speaking at the inauguration of the Kumasi branch of the Joyce Ababio College of Creative Design (JACCD) Professional Development Centre, at Asokwa.

The Centre would provide opportunity for both the educated and uneducated youth in the metropolis to acquire skills and expertise as professional fashion designers.

Nana Asare said the government’s goal of making the private sector, the main catalyst, for transforming the economy, create jobs and wealth for the people could only be achieved by helping the people to develop strong taste for made-in Ghana goods.

He indicated that the local garment and textile industry had huge potential to create millions of jobs for the people.

It was therefore important to have a deliberate national strategy to support the industry and encourage patronage of the local textiles and fabrics.

He applauded the management of JACCD for establishing a presence in the metropolis and urged the young people to take advantage of it to become economically self-supporting.

Ms. Joyce Ababio, President and Founder of JACCD, said mass production in the fashion design sub-sector could help to fill up shopping malls and butiks with local clothes.

She spoke of what she said was the desperate need of technicians including pattern makers, machinists, quality control technicians and stylists – the heartbeat of the industry and this was what it sought to address.

The Centre would train and award professional certificates, diploma and degree to its products.

Ms. Ababio announced plans to open new Centres at Osu in Accra, Ho, Tamale and Takoradi.

Source: GNA/