The Coalition of Concerned Polytechnic Electrical Graduates (CCPEG) has lauded President John Mahama for issuing a directive on importation of electrical cables and transformers into the country.
The President directed that the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), the major user of electrical cables and transformers should desist from further importing electrical products into the country.
The move was aimed at empowering local producers who are also in the same line of business to reduce the cost of importation and also create jobs.
The group blamed the increasing spate of fire outbreaks in the country on substandard cables imported by various state institutions and private companies.
‘In 2014 alone, Ghana lost GHC2.43 million worth personal and public property to fire outbreaks,’ the group said.
The group expressed worry at the rate the country spends money on importing fake electrical products when genuine ones are produced within the precincts of the country.
In a press release issued by the Public Relations Consultant for CCPEG Mr. Darteh Oscar Famous, he pointed out that foreign cables were not manufactured for Africa considering the weather.
‘After series of investigations, we realised that cross sectional area and the insulation of the locally manufactured cables are thicker as compared to that of the foreign manufactured cables,’ he said.
He expressed appreciation to the president, saying these local manufacturers have been engaging electrical departments of polytechnics and its students in providing them with all types of cables and conductors for practical work.
Mr. Famous called on industries involved in electrical products to heed to the directive.
‘We entreat all state agencies and industries involved in electrical products to heed to this order,’ he urged.