From February 25, 2015 all new buildings across the country without wiring certificates will have their power-supply cut off from the national grid.
According to the Energy Commission, this is part of measures to regulate the operations of electrical engineers to uphold professional standards and protect life and property.
The commission has in this light instituted a certification scheme for electricians across the country. The Principal Programme Officer, Solomon Sarpong told JOY BUSINESS, electricians who fail to comply with the directive would be prosecuted.
“The certification programme seeks to inject some professionalism into the electrical wiring industry. Electrical wiring has a lot to do with the safety of persons and property because faulty wiring consequently causes a lot of fire outbreaks among others. The Electrical Wiring Regulation 2011 (LI 2008) passed by Parliament in 2012 has three key objectives: Who qualifies to engage in any electrical wiring of properties in Ghana, how wiring is done and the kind of materials used to wire properties in the country” he said.
He added “To enforce this, the Commission has tied the exercise to service connections. In this regard, if a facility is not wired by a Certified Electrical Wiring Professional (CEWP), who will eventually, issue an Installation Completion Certificate, the facility will not be connected to the national grid by the Electricity Company of Ghana”