The Ghana Publishing Company has taken steps to restore its position as one of the leading local printing firms in the country, following the purchase of some high-speed machines to boost production.
The state enterprise has thus inaugurated a new publishing unit, with a pledge to do better in the years ahead.
The Ghana Publishing Company Limited is in charge of Gazetting and printing all Government of Ghana documents including Acts, Bills, LIs and CIs, and engages in the sale of Books and other publications. It also does Commercial printing and publishing.
However, the state institution has been lying on life-support and could barely generate enough revenue to sustain its operations.
The company lost some public contracts like the printing of ballot papers for electoral activities.
The Managing Director of the Ghana Publishing Company Limited, who spoke at the inauguration of its new publishing unit, said they are now positioned to compete in the industry and win back public contracts that were lost to private firms.
“Our extended capacity has given so much result. As we speak, we are currently one of the companies selected for printing a reasonable chunk of materials for the incoming District Assembly level Elections. We have internally generated resources to acquire about four new machines which will become part of the operational fleet of this company. These machines are meant to make us more competitive in the industry. We seek to be very competitive to the extent that we are going to knock off some private entities who are taking huge chunk of state jobs”.
Minter of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, urged workers of the company to utilize the equipment and make the agency a profit-making one.
“Our expectation is that, now you have quicker turnaround times; you have world class printing and packaging abilities, and you can compete with all other players on the market. Let me be quick to say that, machines alone will not do the work; it takes human beings, well trained, well-motivated, dedicated, to operate and to maintain these machines, so that they deliver value for all the stakeholders, and they deliver profitability to us shareholders as well”.