A new law is to compel mining companies in the country to disclose the terms of their contracts to the general public as part of efforts to ensure transparency in the disbursement and management of revenues from mineral resources.
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Local artisans, particularly children toy makers, have called for the government’s support to enable them produce high quality, exciting and safe goods for Ghanaian children.
If given the needed attention, the artisans said they could make high quality products so that parents and the country generally, would not need to import toys for their children.
Twenty-one year old artisan, Mr Jacob William, told the GRAPHIC BUSINESS in Accra that if the sector received support, it could move beyond handmade production of toys to manufacturing and subsequent commercialisation which would help create jobs for the teaming youth, while reducing the country’s over reliance on imported toys.
That, he said, would be an ambitious effort by the country to venture into an industry dominated by global manufacturing companies.
For now, Jacob has been making wooden toy cars, aeroplanes, caterpillar and flying boats but and has started sell them. “With the needed financial support from the government and other interested groups or individuals, we as artisans can polish our skills and this will impact on lives because it will be our source of livelihood. We will also be able to employ others,” he said.
Jacob began making toys out of wood and empty tins at the age of eight. He read science as a major course in senior high school and is now determined to take his skill to a higher level.
He said he got his ideas to produce toys through dreams, sketched and practised on them later and also referred to his physics textbooks for more knowledge.
He appealed to the government, corporate organisations and individuals to assist him financially to improve on his work, including expanding to make useful household items such as blenders/food processors, motorcycles, refuse trucks among others.
“I will be glad if I get to enter into a partnership or get support from a plastic manufacturing company so I can make bigger things. I also need support to further my education in the area of technology, mechanical and electronics,” he said.
For now, he uses simple tools such as gears, plywood, small light bulbs, cell phone battery, etc. It takes him a day to make one toy car.
Jacob advised Ghanaians to appreciate toys made in their home country. He also urged the youth to strive to be creative and show interest in making things with their hands and not solely depend on formal jobs to make a living.
Jacob was born to a Ghanaian father and a Nigerian mother and engages in part time jobs to make a living.
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