The President for the Ghana Electrical Contractors Association, Nana Addo Tetebo has appealed to the government to reduce taxes on materials used in cables production to enable Ghanaians patronise cables made in Ghana.
He noted that most made in Ghana products were of good quality but very costly, adding that most of the raw materials used in the production were imported from an exterior source.
“For us to get a prize that is suitable for Ghanaians to patronise, there should be a prize reduction on that particular thing,” he said, adding that it would boost the state of Ghana’s economy by reducing the issue of unemployment the country was battling with.
Nana Tetebo said this at a sensitisation workshop organised by the Tropical Cables and Conductors Limited (TCCL) for stakeholders in the electrical industry to educate them on electrical safety last Thursday.
About 350 participants took part in the exercise which attracted personnel from the Power Distribution Service (PDS), hoteliers, procurement officers, fire officers, officials from the Energy Commission, estate developers, inspectors, students from the Koforidua Technical University and certified wire practitioners.
According to him, Technical Universities must be taught about the proper use of cables and conductors so that they would be familiar with the cables and know how to use them effectively in the job market.
“Someone may be a procurement officer but not electrically bias so when he goes out, he finds it difficult to buy the right materials to use,” he added.
For his part, the Vice President for the Ghana Certified Electrical Wiring Instructors, Mr Appiagyei Tortor advised electricians to know the type of selection on electrical lighting system and protective devices to be used when wiring houses.
He indicated that energy saving bulbs were supposed to depress power down but was rather increasing the consumption of power, adding that when one replaces an energy saving bulb from 105W to 40W system he or she pays more.
“This was as a result of poor wiring,” he said, and added that if wiring was done perfectly without any leakages and equipment sensitive, there would not be any leakages going through the ground for smart metres to be captured to increase the consumption of power.
The Assistant Marketing Manager of TCCL, Mr Michael Abbey also urged electrical installers to follow the right safety measures to avoid the issue of fire outbreaks which was common nowadays.
FROM ALBERTA SARPONG, KOFORIDUA