Communications for Development and Advocacy (CDA) Consult is calling for a stiffer punishment for dealers in fake electrical products in the country.
Mr Francis Ameyibor, Executive Director of the Consult at a media briefing in Ho noted that such products were contributing to rampant fire outbreaks in the country and said it was time the dealers were brought to book.
He said the country was gradually becoming a safe haven for marketing counterfeit electrical products, with the business thriving on the blind side of law enforcement agencies and regulators and called for urgent measures to sanitize the market.
Mr Ameyibor said the loss of lives and property arising from the use of fake electrical products prompted his outfit to embark on a crusade in selected 150 district capitals to increase awareness on counterfeit goods to save lives and limit their negative effects on the national economy.
“The sale and use of fake electrical products impede development, create huge financial loss to investors and the state” he said, adding that, most dealers in such products also evade tax.
Mr Ameyibor said CDA Consult was liaising with the Ghana National Fire Service, Ghana Standards Authority, Electrical contractors, end users as well as the media to build a force against the proliferation of counterfeit electrical products and “direct taste towards genuine electrical products.”