Public cautioned against fake electricians

Mr John Jinapor,Deputy Minister of Power

Mr John Jinapor,Deputy Minister of Power

The Energy Commission (EC) has cautioned the public to refrain from engaging the services of uncertified electricians or unqualified electrical contractors.

This is because they do not ensure proper electrical wiring and installation of electrical gadgets, which could cause fire outbreaks at homes, commercial and industrial places.

The Principal Project Officer at the Commission, Mr. Robert Yeboah, issued the warning when 1,237 electricians and electrical contractors wrote the Certified Electrical Wiring Professional examination in Accra.

The written and oral examination, which was to assess the aptitude and competencies of the candidates based on their field of work, attracted candidates, including a female, across the country.

The Electrical Wiring Regulation 2011 Legislative Instrument (LI) 2008, enjoined electricians and electrical contractors to undertake written examination to be conducted by the EC, to assess their competencies in their field of work, and it seek to reduce the spate of fire outbreaks in the country.

Mr. Yeboah said the candidates wrote examination on domestic wiring, industrial wiring and field of work.

He said following the promulgation of the LI, it had become mandatory for the professionals to write the examinations.

Mr Yeboah said those who would fail to write the examination would be denied “a special form and stamp (seal) from the Commission and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) that will grant them the permit to undertake any project or contract by ECG and the Northern Electricity Company.”

He said electrical wiring was a specialised area, which should not be left to any ordinary person who parades as electrician or electrical contractor to do.

Mr Yeboah reminded electricians or electrical contractors that it was an offence for them to undertake projects without licence or certification, and asked the public to demand certificates or licence from any electrician or electrical contractors before engaging them in any project.

He said 3000 candidates who sat for the examination have passed both written and oral examination since the inception of the assessment in 2013.

Mr Yeboah said between 85 per cent and 95 per cent of the candidates passed the examination, and those who could not pass would be given another opportunity to rewrite.

The Assistant Public Affairs Manager of the Commission, Ms. Jane Quaye, said there had been improvement in the examination over the years, noting, the number of candidates kept increasing every year.

She said her outfit undertook a nationwide education programme to sensitise the professionals on the need to take part in the examination, while the public was educated to engage only accredited electrical professionals.

Ms.Quaye said apart from individuals who sat for the examination, others from corporate bodies and orgnisations took part in the assessment.

Three of the candidates, Messers Solomon Mantey from Elmina, in the Central Region, Peter Dogah, from Akatsi in the Volta Region and Abdul Razak Kasssum from Kade in the Eastern Region were optimistic of passing the paper.

They urged the Commission to organise subsequent Certified Electrical Wiring Professional examination in the regions, instead of Accra alone.

They urged other electricians and electrical contractors to write the examination so that they would be recognised as professionals, after passing the tests.

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour       

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