Accra, Oct. 26, CDA Consult - The first in a series of nationwide public education initiative dubbed: “Avoid Patronage of Counterfeit Electrical Products,” is slated for the first week of December.
Under the initiative, stakeholders would be assisted to identify counterfeit electrical products on the market, expose to dangers associated with patronage of counterfeit electrical products and create a platform for security operatives to enforce laws against sale of counterfeit products in the country.
The Anti-counterfeiting educational crusade being undertaking by the Communication for Development and Advocacy Consult (CDA Consult) also seeks to help professionals understand the dangers associated with counterfeit electrical products.
Mr Francis Ameyibor, Executive Director of the CDA Consult explained that the proliferation of counterfeit electrical products in the country “is on the increase, and as a nation we need concerted efforts to deal with the problem.
“Ghana is gradually becoming fertile market for counterfeit electrical products. We need a national crusade to fight the proliferation of counterfeit electrical products. We must all join the holistic crusade to sensitize the public against the usage of counterfeit electrical products”.
Mr Ameyibor asserted that the usage of counterfeit electrical products is a major contributor to the rampant fire outbreaks in the country, therefore “the urgent need to support State institutions in public education on the dangers associated with patronage of counterfeit electrical products”.
He said the crusade also seeks to increase the level of public information about the dangers of counterfeit electrical products; reduce the ever increasing sale of the products on the Ghanaian markets; save lives and limit the nefarious effects of electrical counterfeiting.
Mr Ameyibor said the CDA Consult would collaborate with public institutions, including the Ghana National Fire Service, Ghana Standards Authority, Ghana Electrical Contractors Association, Electrical Manufacturers, Electrical Shop Owners, end users, contractors, security agencies, and the media in the crusade against the proliferation of counterfeit electric products in the country.
The CDA Consult Executive Director said the crusade would also focus on equipping public officials with basic information to recognize electrical counterfeit items at first sight.
It also seeks to ensure that officials take stiffer actions against dealers in counterfeit electrical products; and also equip electricians and retailers to be able to distinguish between fake electrical products from genuine ones.
Mr Ameyibor, noted that the usage of counterfeit electrical products has a huge negative economic impact on the country as it impedes development, creates huge financial lost to investors and the State as well as loss of life.
He said: “CDA Consult is creating the platform and build the necessary forces against the proliferation of counterfeit electrical products. We are focusing on raising awareness among the public regarding counterfeiting.
“We are creating a platform to expose the public to the main consequence of using cheap counterfeit electrical products – fire outbreaks and/or corporal harms like electrocution, loss of properties, accidents and death”.
He said the national crusade against the proliferation and use of counterfeit electrical products also aim at discouraging the patronage of counterfeit electrical products and to direct taste towards genuine electrical products.
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