|Some of the street light poles produced by the company ready to be exported to Benin|
|Mr John Kwame Borbordzi explaining the production processes at the company's premises|
THE Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of Borbordzi Argon Aluminum Welding and Fabrication Company, Mr. John Kwame Borbordzi has urged government to increase support for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to ensure the country’s economic growth.
Borbordzi Argon Aluminum Welding Company located in Ashaiman are manufacturers of street light poles and metal products in Ghana.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic in Tema, Mr. Borbordzi, lamented that many of the poles that are used by contractors in the country are imported
According to him, a careful examination of these street lighting poles would reveal that these poles are not galvanized but are rather coated. As a result they do not do not last long.
He lamented that that local aluminum electricity pole manufactured right here in Ghana are not being patronized.
While urging government to increase support for SMEs, also echoed the need for local consulting firms who advise municipal and district assemblies (MMDAS) and other governmental agencies to begin to trust the indigenous companies and recommend them in the award of contacts.
KEEP THE PROMISE
Mr. Borbordzi said successive governments have preached the need to support the local manufacturers but, they seem to be facing unfavorable competition from foreign imports.
He bemoaned the fact that the contractor working in the main Ashaiman Highway dual carriage road spent millions dollars to import street lighting poles when they could have used the quality ones produced here in the country.
Mr Borbordzi pointed out that what was imported for the project were mine steel poles which are not favorable to the weather conditions here in Ghana.
He called on government to support local manufacturers to expand and create job avenues for the teeming unemployed youth especially those within the Ashaiman community.
Borbordzi Argon Aluminum Welding Company recently bagged an award from the Institute for Government Research Leadership Technology, Abuja, Nigeria.
The award was in recognition of the company’s innovation and excellence in aluminium, telecom mast, electric poles and gate construction.
Mr. Borbordzi who exports his products to countries such as Togo, Benin and Nigeria, said he was delighted that their effort has been recognised among competitors from several African countries.
He said the award has challenged his company to continue producing quality products that can compete favorably in any part of the world and they will not relent in that direction.
Mr Borbordzi said small and medium-scale enterprises in the country were contributing significantly to the revenue generated by the assembly and it is only when they are supported that they will enhance their outputs and grow.
The company has 20 permanent workers and also employs a number of casual workers. According to the Chief Executive Officer, the company could do more if it received the required support.
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