The Energy Commission will team up with the Ghana National Fire Service to audit the wiring system of buildings in the country.
The exercise will begin early next year, with institutions such as hotels and others which have been in existence for the past 10 years, after which auditing of domestic facilities would also be tackled.
Mr. Solomon Sarpong, Principal Programmes Officer of the Commission, who disclosed this, noted that such facilities were expected to undergo re-examination, in accordance with the enforcement of the Electrical Wiring Regulations.
That, he said, would go a long way to help detect improper wiring and expired ones, in order to curtail the electric-related incidents in the country.
He was speaking at the certification ceremony of 300 electricians from the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions who demonstrated their competence in electrical wiring examinations, which was the commission’s effort to protect lives and properties by ensuring that electricians avoid shoddy electrical wiring that might cause fire outbreaks under the enforcement of the new law.
It brings to 4,000 the number of electricians who have been certified by the Commission to undertake electrical wiring in the country.
According to Mr. Sarpong, failure of the operators to comply with the directive to audit their wiring would result in the termination of power supply to their facilities when the exercise begins.
He urged the public to engage the services of only electricians who had undergone the Electrical Wiring Certificate Examination of the Commission and had been formally certified to operate in the country.
“What the Energy Commission is doing”, he said, “is to ensure that all houses are well wired with quality cables that can stand the test of time so that the state will be able to save the amount of money it invests in boosting the power sector in Ghana”.
Some of the participants who interacted with The Ghanaian Times were full of praise for the Commission for its efforts in ensuring that there is sanity in the wiring of buildings in the country.
“This is an important exercise the energy commission is undertaking to ensure that not only qualified electricians are employed by the public, but the use of inferior materials will be a thing of the past to avoid the rampant fire outbreaks that are caused by poor cables among others,”Mr. Stephen Addai Kwaku of Stekus Electrical Works at Asokwa in Kumasi, indicated.
Mr. Addai Kwaku was of the view that the move by the Energy Commission would even enable clients to be certain that service rendered to them is of high quality.
From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi