Ghana Police Swoop On Nigerians, Chinese Nationals Manufacturing Electrical Cables

Date: 12-05-2023 12:45 pm (9 months ago) | Author: Bayo Nelson
- at 12-05-2023 12:45 PM (9 months ago)

According to a report by SaharaReporters, the police and Ghana Standard Authority (GSA) have clamped down on some Chinese and Nigerians manufacturing electrical cables and copper rods illegally. The Chinese and Nigerian nationals were accused of manufacturing the products without certification and under the protection of some military personnel.

According to Joy Online, the seven Chinese and Nigerians were picked up at their manufacturing site at Bueko, in Tsopoli, a town in the Greater Accra Region, and handed over to the Police after GSA had intelligence of their illegality.

Upon reaching the company, Fenice Metals Technology Company Limited, it was discovered that electrical cables of different sizes were produced, labelled as Jupiter Cable Electrique, and stored in their warehouse and containers in large quantities. The team also discovered that all the products had logos of GSA, suggesting they had the right government approval and had the inscription ‘Made in Turkey, China, and Nigeria,’ also suggesting that they had been approved for the Ghanaian market.

According to the report, to obtain approval to manufacture such products, one would notify the GSA about the manufacturing activities and put in an application for processes and final approval.

The GSA would then carry out a test run of production by sampling the products at the lab, which would require payments for the testing and ensuring of standards. Also, an inspection report on the factory would be carried out. Having passed all these requirements, the manufacturer would be notified, approved and issued with a one-year license to put the GSA mark or logo on the products.

There will subsequently be periodical market surveillance on the products to ensure that the quality and standard for approval are maintained. The company was built in the last quarter of 2022 and started production of copper rods in January and electrical cables in February 2023 However, it was revealed that the company put in an application in March and made a payment of GH¢23,100.00 as a bill for certification initial for electrical cables (1.5mm, 2.5mm, 4.0mm, 6.0mm, 10.0mm & 16mm), copper rod, license, processing and inspection fees on March 24.

The company also paid for an Emergency Products Certification for 19 products at the cost of Gh¢57,480.00 on March 29, whilst Gh¢1,560.00 was paid for the State of Standard on April 13.

In all these payments, a license from the GSA had not been issued to the company but on March 6, a date preceding the payments, Fenice Metals Technology Company Limited, sold 17, 000 tonnes of copper rods to Tropical Metal. Mr Ye Song, the Accountant of the company who disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) could not state the details of the sales and how much taxes they had paid to the Ghana Revenue Authority.

The company’s power consumption was cut off the national grid by ECG for bypassing power (power not passing through the meter) during the national disconnection exercise. The head of Enforcement, GSA, Mr George Anti in an interview with the GNA, said, “We are stopping their operations because we cannot let any more of these products leave this premises. We can’t allow these to be happening in our country particularly when we are moving into the African Free Trade Continental Area AfCFTA.”

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