‘Use Local Materials For Infrastructural Projects’

??????????The Managing Director for Tropical Cables and Conductors Limited (TCCL), Mr. Tony Oteng-Gyasi has questioned why local materials are not used in major infrastructural projects in the country.

He said it was about time the nation takes a second look at this attitude, saying, “If Ghanaians cannot believe in the quality of the products made by their own, there is no way foreigners will buy into the campaign to patronise made-in-Ghana goods or even invest their resources in them.”

Mr. Oteng-Gyasi made the observation when 10 senior engineers of the Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCO) visited the offices of TCCL as part of efforts to increase awareness of TCCL’s products and operations within the energy sector, and also to give them more insight into the company’s wide range of products and their applications in the energy industry.

He said it was unfortunate that over the years to date, construction of facilities such as roads, schools, hospitals or state properties were often done with the domination of foreign materials.

The Managing Director of TCCL said even though this might not be seen as detrimental to the country for now, it has long term repercussions, and noted that some of these unacceptable behaviours were the cause of the unemployment rate and the struggle by local producers on the local market and the world at large.

“If you buy from a company in Ghana, the money stays in Ghana and the company is able to expand over time and therefore, employ more people and also make more money for the nation,” he emphasised.

He charged the engineers from NEDCO  who were drawn from the Northern, Brong Ahafo, Upper East and Upper West Regions to advocate the use of local materials such as those from TCCL, saying they are of high quality, reasonably priced, manufactured to suit the conditions of the country and have the producers readily available to be held responsible in the event of a mishap unlike in the case of some foreign products.

The delegation was taken on a tour of the production halls and testing laboratory by the Production Manager, Mr. Michael Dugbartey,  to expose them to the various manufacturing processes, machinery and laboratories used to produce TCCL’s products.

The Quality Manager for TCCL, Mrs. Irina Odame, in a presentation gave an overview of the various overhead line conductors including All Aluminium Conductors (AAC), All Aluminium Alloy Conductors (AAAC), Aluminium Conductors Steel Reinforced (ACSR) and Aerial Bundled Conductors (ABC) for power transmission and distribution.

She said the TCCL had been International Standards Organisation (ISO) certified since 2004 and runs a quality management system based on the requirement of ISO 9001:2008 with its quality management system consistently assessed over the years and currently meeting the requirements of ISO 9001:2008.

Mrs. Odame said the company runs a quality assurance system covering inspection, monitoring and testing to ensure conformity of products to specified requirements from receipts of raw materials to its dispatch to the customer.

The Resource Person and Educator for TCCL, Mr. Appiagyei Kwame Torto, said as part of efforts to promote safety and quality in the country, the company had begun a sensitisation programme with contractors,engineers and the general public at regional, metropolitan and district levels as part of its corporate social responsibility.

He said this had become necessary because no matter the quality of a product, poor workmanship and combination of wrong products such as cables, bulbs, and fuses among others could compromise on safety.

The leader of the NEDCO delegation and a maintenance engineer,  Mr. Eugene Addo, expressed appreciation to TCCL for the opportunity to learn from them and promised that they would promote made in Ghana products and also use them for their mutual benefit.   From Dzifa Emma Tetteh, Tema

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