CDA Consult commends GSA | Ghana News Agency (GNA)

By
Eunice Hilda Ampomah, GNA

Accra, Sept. 4, GNA – The Communication for
Development and Advocacy Consult (CDA Consult) on Tuesday commended the Ghana
Standards Authority (GSA) for a market surveillance, which has established that
96 per cent of electrical products sold in parts of Accra were fake.

The GSA surveillance discovered that, products
sold at the Opera Square and Zongo lane, the hub of electrical products in
Accra were counterfeit and failed to meet standards.

The report revealed that out of the 204
electrical products sampled for laboratory testing, more than 92 per cent of
them failed to meet the GSA L.I. 1541 labelling requirements, adding that, all
extension boards failed the critical parameters test and general labelling
requirements.

The Surveillance also revealed that more than
94 per cent of footwear sampled failed to conform to standards.

The CDA Consult noted that, the GSA market
surveillance report affirms its campaign against counterfeit electrical
products and electrical appliances embarked on since December 2017. The
National Campaign embarked on by CDA Consult, was on the theme: “Avoid
Patronage of Counterfeit Electrical Products/Electrical Appliances”.

The first phase of the campaign was covering
the ten regional capitals and 150 district capitals over a period of three
years.

Mr Francis Ameyibor, CDA Consult Executive
Director, therefore warned the public not to take the authenticity of
electrical products and electronic appliances for granted when purchasing any
product.

“Actively seek information and education about
any electrical product you intend purchasing, it helps in avoiding counterfeit
products as fake electrical products and electronic appliances you purchased
could turn out to be your death warrant,” Mr Ameyibor, stated in Accra.

He said GSA’s surveillance affirms the need to
intensify the CDA Consult’s National Anti-Counterfeit campaign, which sought to
create public awareness about the dangers of fake goods, stressing that, ‘it
has become apparent and almost impossible to stop the proliferation of fake
electrical products and electronic appliances in the country.

‘Our only option is the power of purchase, you
have an obvious choice to either purchase fake goods or go in for the genuine
ones hence the urgent need for holistic public education, and we need to join
forces to sanitize the Ghanaian market to stop patronizing fake goods’.

Mr Ameyibor encouraged stakeholders who want
to join the crusade to contact CDA Consult through email:
[email protected], stressing that, the issues of counterfeiting of
electrical products, had the potential to affect the health and safety of
individuals and that it should be of concern to everyone.

The CDA Consult in collaboration with GSA with
support from Services Merchandize Limited (SML) have organized two workshops at
Ho in the Volta Region and Sunyani in Brong Ahafo Region.

The CDA Consult’s Executive Director noted
that everyone involved in the electrical sector – from consumer to manufacturer
– had a role to play in protecting and preventing counterfeit electrical
products from entering legitimate supply chains.

He said as part of the holistic campaign, an
exhibition of electrical products and electronic appliances was organized
alongside the workshop to practically provide a proactive platform for
manufacturers, distributors, importers, installers, contractors, law
enforcement and governmental bodies to understand the impact of counterfeit
products.

Professor Alex Doodo, GSA Director General has
described the issue of counterfeit electrical product as hitting the crisis
level, adding that, the Authority would continue to embark on the periodic
surveillance to rid the market of such products.

Prof Doodo, said the Surveillance was part of
the Authority’s improved effort to check the proliferation of fake and
substandard products on the market.

He explained that the move was critical due to
the increased importation of counterfeit products onto the local market,
saying, the country was losing millions of cedis due to the sale of such
products.

Prof Dodoo assured the public that the
Authority would continue to roll-out measures to clear the system of such fake
products, because it was necessary to secure the health and lives of Ghanaians
and protect them from such products.

Meanwhile electrical product authentication
expert, Mr Vijay P. Gokaldas has described fake electrical products and
electronic appliances as death traps, which must be avoided for the protection
of life and property.

The expert, who is also the Chief Executive
Officer of Services Merchandise Limited (SML), made this known in an interview
with the Ghana News Agency on the GSA surveillance report and stressed the need
to raise the tempo of the anti-counterfeit electrical product and electronic
appliances campaign across the country.

Mr Gokaldas said everyone involved in the
electrical sector – from consumer to manufacturer has a role to play in
protecting and preventing fake electrical products from entering into the
legitimate supply chains.

He pledged to support and collaborate with the
CDA Consult campaign, which is providing a proactive platform for
manufacturers, distributors, importers, installers, contractors, law
enforcement and governmental bodies to join forces to fight against the
proliferation of the counterfeit electrical products.

Mr Gokaldas called on electrical contractors,
electricians, retailers, distributors and dealers in all types of electrical
products to comply with safety requirements and join stakeholders to deal with
product counterfeiting, which is a serious issue.

GNA

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