The Ghana standard Authority [GSA] in collaboration with its major stake holders, have taken measures, to face out substandard electrical gadgets in the country.
This follows recent moves by the Chief Executive Officer of MIDA, Martin Eson-Benjamin who lauded initiative that will clear all faulty gadgets that do not meet the standards of the country, a move that seems to develop and enforce standardization on the Ghanaian market
According to the GSA Chief Executive Officer [CEO], his outfit will pursue and sanction appropriately, persons who deliberately engage in the dumping of such products onto the Ghanaian market.
The caution forms part of moves to develop and enforce standardization on the Ghanaian market.
The operation tagged as Power Compact Two program, opens the way for the nation receive more than 400 million dollars from the United States government to invest in Ghana’s Power sector.
Professor Alex Dodoo the current Executive Director of the Ghana Standards Authority, during an interaction with press men, however, believes the move will promote the country’s plans for saving energy while enhancing the safety of Ghanaians.
Dodoo also urged consumers to be aware and not just accept anything. Beyond that, we have legal provisions so as to prevent these things from coming in. He noted that, If they have come in and we have not seen them between GSE customs and other agencies, the question is how did they get in, he also made known to newsmen that currently massive campaign has already been in the country’s television and the radio, reaching out to the general public on energy efficient appliances, standards and labels.
Ghana has made progress with the ban on the importation of used refrigerating appliance in 2013 that has prevented over 260,000 old appliances from entering into the country and an 80 percent drop in their imports by the end of 2014.
“The few that are smuggled into the country are confiscated at the ports and decommissioned at recycling facilities. So far over 20,000 seized refrigerators have been sent to the recycling facilities
Story: Frank Owusu Obimpeh