Story by Hanna Elinam Atatsi/www.cmonline.com.gh
The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has confiscated six containers loaded with substandard cables at the Tema Port.
The Director of the Inspectorate Division of the authority, Mr. Kwasi Owusu Boadu revealed that, the cables had been locked up at the port waiting to undergo the necessary investigations, after which they will be destroyed or sent back to the country of origin.
Speaking at the launch of Lapp Group Cable last Monday in Accra, he said the cables arrived in Ghana a few weeks ago and that “during our regular inspection, we realized that the products were all inferior”.
The Lapp Group is a Germany-based company that designs, manufactures and supplies industrial cables and accessories. However, the group partners Automation Ghana Limited.
Mr. Boadu stressed that the need for the public to be alert when purchasing cables and urged them to inform the authorities about the presence of any such cables when they detected them on the market.
He added that, the GSA had intensified efforts to rid the market of inferior cables and warned that the authority would not spare importers of such products.
Mr. Boadu advised importers of cables to seek guidelines from the authority regarding the right standard of cables before importing them.
He said, a lot of cables imported into the country did not have the right insulation and therefore, become dangerous when used for any purpose.