By A.B. Kafui Kanyi, GNA
Ho, April 17,
GNA - The Energy Commission (EC) has engaged staff of Power Distribution
Services (PDS) Ghana, Volta Region, on the implementation of the Electrical
Wiring Regulation, 2011 (L.I.2008).
was part of the Commission’s tour of PDS operational areas to sensitise
stakeholders on the Wiring Regulation.
Wiring Regulation, 2011 (L.I. 2008) was passed into law by Parliament in
February, 2012 in response to increasing cases of electrical fires in the
is to ensure that only qualified and certified professionals are engaged in
electrical wiring and installation works and also required that well defined
standards were put in place for the safety of persons, livestock and property.
Oklu, General Manager of PDS Volta Region, described the engagement as timely
and was hopeful it would impact positively in the operations of PDS.
He said PDS was
having challenges in the implementation of the regulation in service connection
charges by certified inspectors and electricians in the districts and asked
Energy Commission to engage other stakeholders on the regulation and the
N-ebe Yomoh, Programme Officer, Inspection and Enforcement Directorate, Energy
Commission, said there were two categories of people operating under the law-complaints
He said complaints
were those who complied with the law and were licensed by the Energy Commission
to carry out wiring activities and said only those professionals should be engaged.
reiterated that “the customer only pays for the services of the Certified
Electrical Wiring Professional (CEWP) but not the services of the inspector”.
He added that
“it is the duty of the CEWP to pay the inspector not the customer”.
therefore appealed to the public to stop engaging the services of non-certified
electricians and report such people to the police.
He said a
certified electrician app had been developed and that the list of all certified
electricians was published on the Energy Commission's website with copies at
every PDS district office to assist customers in choosing certified
electricians for wiring services.