Some 80 electricians and wiring inspectors in the Northern Region have been certified by the Energy Commission to undertake electrical wiring and installations in line with safety standards.
They were trained and tested under the Electrical Wiring Certification Programme, which was introduced by the Energy Commission to ensure that licensed electricians used standard and quality materials for wiring in the country.
The programme, under the Electrical Wiring Regulation 2011(LI) 20018, enjoins every electrician to undertake a written examination conducted by the Energy Commission to assess their competencies.
The officer in charge of Northern Sector, Bukari John Nilimor, who made this known at the 12th Electrical Wiring certificate award presentation ceremony in Tamale, said domestic, commercial, and industrial electricians as well as inspectors had been certified.
He added that out of the 1,492 who registered and sat for various categories of the May/ June 2019 electrical examination nationwide, 1,179 passed representing 79%.
Addressing the graduates in Tamale, Bukari Nilimor who doubles as lead officer at the Energy commission said the Electrical Wiring Regulation enjoined facility owners to engage the services of only certified electricians and certified electrical materials for wiring installations.
He said the law also sought to protect life and property by ensuring that electricians avoided shoddy electrical wiring to avoid fire outbreaks.
Bukari Nilimor remarked “Electrical fire doesn’t exempt SHEP and if safety of the wiring cannot be guaranteed, I don’t think such communities should be put at risk of electrocution and fires. “
In his statement the area manager of Northern electricity distribution company, NEDco, John Okine Yamoah, advised the electricians and inspectors against negativity, warning that any electrician found to be engaging in any under dealing will be dealt with in accordance with law.
Source:Alhassan Yakubu | www.Diamondfmonline.com | Ghana