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SANITIZING ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION PRACTICE IN GHANA

The leadership of Ghana Electrical Contractors Association (GECA) are very confident about getting more business opportunities as duty bearers are currently making efforts to eradicate unlicensed practitioners from the electrical installation industry.

An Electrical technician at work: Photo credit: www.ecosolarconstruction.com

An Electrical technician at work: Photo credit: www.ecosolarconstruction.com

Members of the Ghana Electrical Contractors Association are optimistic that the re-registration exercise being carried out by the Energy Commission of Ghana will lead to the total elimination of unqualified electrical technicians thereby maintaining high standards for the industry.

The President of GECA, Mr. Joseph B. Walker observed "as a result of the association's advocacy action, the Energy Commission has started licensing all the electrical contractors once again across all the ten regions in Ghana and creating a fair standard for the industry. This move has the potential of curbing the infiltration of the market by uncertified electrical contractors, thereby halting the decline of business opportunities for GECA members."

Mr. Walker also noted that GECA's successful advocacy action has given the association enormous exposure and recognition from relevant duty bearers such as the Ministry of works and Housing, Ministry of Local Government, Energy Commission and Electricity Company of Ghana. These relevant duty bearers are currently having fruitful dialogue with the leadership of GECA on ways to improve standards within the electrical installation industry.

The advocacy action of GECA has also impacted significantly on the growth of the association. The Administrator of GECA, Mr. Obiri Yeboah pointed out that as a result of their advocacy action, many previously unregistered electrical contractors have now joined the association. Consequently, total membership of the association has increased by 2,400.

Mr. Yeboah further disclosed that the advocacy capacity of GECA members has been greatly enhanced as the advocacy action provided an opportunity for members to learn new advocacy skills.

For many years the leadership of Ghana Electrical Contractors Association noted that business opportunities for their members have been dwindling as a result of the influx of unlicensed and unqualified electrical contractors into the electrical installation industry in Ghana. To halt this negative trend, members of GECA sought support from the BUSAC Fund to enable them advocate the enforcement of standards for Ghana's electrical installation industry.

With the support of its Development Partners, DANIDA, USAID and the EU, the BUSAC Fund provided an advocacy grant to the leadership of GECA to enable them press home their demands for the enforcement of standards for electrical installation practice in Ghana. As part of their advocacy action, the leadership of GECA had fruitful dialogue sessions with officials from Ministry of works and Housing, Ministry of Local Government, Energy Commission and Electricity Company of Ghana. During these dialogue sessions, GECA members extensively discussed ways of enforcing standards within the electrical installation industry in Ghana.

By Ebenezer Kpentey

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