The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Association of Small Scale Industries (ASSI) for Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions, Mr. Osman Ibrahim has called on government to consider their members in the ongoing disbursement of the COVID-19 Relief Grant in order to help revive their suffering businesses as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
According to Mr. Osman Ibrahim who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Asuma Leather Works in Techiman, their members had high hopes when government announced the GHS100billion “Ghana CARES Obaatan Pa Programme” to provide relief to local businesses but got disappointed in the earlier disbursement therefore with the current trench of funds, they are reminding the President to come to their aid.
Speaking in an interview, the ASSI PRO revealed that President Akufo-Addo has done a lot for the association in the past which they are grateful and would win their hearts the more if he is able to support them with something little to sustain their businesses in these hard times.
Mr. Osman Ibrahim added that, President Akufo-Addo coming to rescue dying local producers or small Industries would also go a long way to create more employment and have a ripple effect on the millions of direct or indirect dependents.
Formed in 1986, the Association of Small Scale Industries (ASSI) is an umbrella body for trade sector associations and district-based business groups in Ghana.
As the lead voice for micro-small enterprises in Ghana, ASSI supports it’s members through:
– Policy Advocacy
– Training and Research
– Business Development and
– Financial Inclusion
Currently, over 15 national in character (with presence in more than 3 regions of Ghana) trade associations are members of ASSI, and over 50 local/district-based business groups. These make up combined individuals in excess of 1.2million. Notable national in character associations in ASSI include:
– Ghana National Association of Garment Makers (GNAGM)
– Ghana Hairdressers and Beauticians Association (GHABA)
– Ghana National Tailors and Dressmakers Association (GNTDA)
– Ghana National Association of Garages (GNAG)
– Ghana Electronic Servicing Technicians Association (GESTA)
– Cereal Processors Association of Ghana (CEPAG)
– National Air-condition and Refrigeration Workshop Owners Association (NARWOA)
– United Hairdressers Association (UHA)
– Ghana Barbers and Barbering Salon Owners (GABBSO)
– Ghana Progressive Hairdressers and Beauticians Association (GPHABA)
– Ghana Union of Professional Photographers (GUPP)
– Woodworkers Association of Ghana (WAG)
– National Association of Beauticians and Hairdressers (NABH), among others.