ENERGY COMMISSION TRAINS 7,801 ELECTRICAL WIRING PROFESSIONALS NATIONWIDE
The National Energy Commission has trained and certified about 7,801 electrical wiring professionals and inspectors nationwide since the Electrical Wiring Regulation Act came into force in February, 2012.
They included those who are certified to undertake domestic electrical wiring, commercial electrical wiring, industrial electrical wiring and certified electrical wiring inspectors.
The Programmes Officer of the Energy Commission, Mr. Stephen N-ebe Yomoh disclosed this during the 11th Electrical Wiring Certificate Award ceremony at the GNAT Hall in Kumasi.
Mr. Yomoh said 783 out of 1,055 registered candidates passed the November/December 2018 Electrical Wiring Certification Examination in the respective categories.
The Programmes Officer explained that per the Electrical Wiring Regulation, it is the responsibility of the certified electrician to ensure that the job he executes is verified by an inspector instead of their clients paying for the services of certified inspector to conduct inspection and testing.
He mentioned the review of the electrical wiring guideline, registration of electrical contractors, facilitation of groupings of certified practitioners, quality of electrical wiring accessories and an enhanced enforcement and disciplinary actions as some of the objectives the Commission hopes to achieve this year.
The Regional Operations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service(GNFS), DOII Francis Darko-Kond disclosed that the Ashanti region alone recorded as high as 400 domestic fires in 2018 most of which were related to electrical faults.
He said contrary to expectations that bushfires would be rampant during the first quarter of this year because of the droughts, domestic fires still outnumbered bushfires.
The Chairman for the occasion who is also an electrical wiring inspector, Mr. Akwasi Essandoh advised the graduands to strictly abide by the rules and regulations of the Commission to avoid troubles associated with suspensions.