It has emerged that only seven out of the 204 electrical items tested by the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) at the Opera Square and Zongo Lane in Accra conform to the authority’s standards.
The GSA inspected and tested the electrical items, including wire cables, switches, bulbs and extension boards, in August this year and the failure rate amounted to 96 per cent.
Following this, the Executive Secretary of the Importers and Exporters Association of Ghana, Mr. Asaki Awingobet told Kwame Afrifa-Mensah on ‘Happy FM’s Epa Hoa Daben’ show that the GSA should be blamed squarely for the sub-standard electrical items in the country.
“The Standard Authority should be blamed for this problem because it’s their sole responsibility to check these electrical items that are imported into this country.”
He however called for the resignation of the Director General of the GSA, Prof. Alex Dodoo.
“The CEO and the deputy must resign immediately because they haven’t done a good job. They presided over this system.”
“The kind of rots that goes on at the port will blow your mind especially among the Custom Officers. When the goods come and they’re sub-standard they [Custom and GSA officers] know but will go for bribe and allow it to pass through the system,” Mr. Awingobet alleged.
On his part Dr. Poku Adusei, Deputy CEO GSA, described the smuggling of sub-standard goods into the country as a crisis situation, whiles most of the electrical items did not have labels or places of origin.
He also disclosed that, some of the importers disguised the fake items and clear them through the Ports, while majority of them smuggle the items into the country through the eastern and the northern corridors.
Dr. Adusei therefore, urged consumers to collaborate with the GSA to flush out fake products from the system and advised the public to desist from purchasing these products in the market.
He stated that the GSA will prosecute the importers and traders of fake electrical gadgets and footwear.
“The GSA will adhere to the law and will be strict and offer no favours.”
He said the authority will destroy the fake electrical items and footwear. Also, the importers and traders will be made to pay for the cost of the destruction.
He deduced that a few of the importers who had problems with their labeling will be made to do relabeling of their products.
By: Joseph Nii Ankrah