Electricians Without Certification To Be Thrown Out Of Work By 2015

Electrical technicians will,beginning next year, require certification by the Energy Commission to be able to ply their trade in Ghana.

Property owners and estate developers who engage uncertified practitioners to wire their houses will not have power supply connected to their premises.

The measures are in line with the Electrical Wiring Regulation of 2012, passed as part of measures to prevent frequent fire outbreak in public and private buildings.

About 70 per cent of fire disaster and the attendant loss of lives and property are reportedly caused by faulty electrical wiring.

The Energy Commission and the Electricity Company of Ghana are teaming up to implement the new regulation beginning with training and certification.

Over 400 practicing and potential electricians nationwide are currently undergoing the exercise involving tuition and oral as well as written examination.

The annual exercise will also offer opportunity to technicians every year to obtain certification to operate.

Public Affairs Manager at the Energy Commission, Victor Owusu,in Kumasi says the initiative is expected to inject sanity in power connection.

Participants will also receive training in improved practices in electrical engineering.

Mr. Owusu wants public co-operation for successful implementation.

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