His investigations are many. So many are his exploits that his quietude is not but earnest plans and preparation to bring out rot – at the core of his adventures is to put out financial corruption, yet he has often times exposed moral and human rights infractions.

 

Teams all over the nation have brought pride to the nation by their strides in the sports arena and other areas. Yet; one team whose impact – as crucial as it is – seems to have been overlooked is Ghana’s biggest anti-corruption group: THE TIGER EYE PI TEAM.

 

His latest work however happens to be one that affects to a very large extent, every single Ghanaian in the country. Anas Aremeyaw Anas had ventured/dared if you want, to step into the ‘electrifying sphere’ of Ghana’s energy supply system.

 

Electricity (popularly referred to as light) and its supply have become a major talking point especially as it remains the one very critical utility and largely the driving force behind most businesses (industrial and small scale) and lighting 95% of homes.

 

That the light goes off too often and most times without adequate communication to the citizenry plus the very expensive nature of the resource especially in the pre-paid metering era means that he was going to ruffle the entire Ghanaian nerve centre.

 

Ghana’s electrical power is the hydroelectric type, tied to the Akosombo Dam, which rests on the hitherto turbulent waters of the Volta Lake. It has over the years served the larger majority of the populace and still does till today.

 

The ideal situation is that Ghanaians should enjoy relatively stable power supply in the country, power fluctuations and surges are not doing home appliances any good, and erratic supply of the utility has led to what could best be described as a systemic breakdown within the ranks of the major power supplier: the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

 

Credit and plaudits for the umpteenth time to ‘Agbesi Kojovi’ and his team, who have clearly descended to the lowest rung on the ECG ladder and climbed up to bring back hard core information of what transpires as high up as the ECG Board – i.e. at policy level.

 

ELECTRICAL FIRES AND CABLES

 

Lest there is conclusive evidence to the contrary, whenever there is a fire outbreak – be it in a residence or within a business premises, the first point of call is at the door step of electricity. Without doubt there is a link between fires and electricity.

 

Ordinarily, the ECG should not be blamed for any such fires, but to the extent that the inferno in question started at a time that power goes off and comes on akin to ‘disco lights,’ certainly there is enough reason to knock at the door of the ECG.

 

But the power supplier can hardly be blamed for ALL fires, understandably so because; beyond the primary cause of the fire (power surge) one other key area to turn to but which is often overlooked is the material through which electrical power is transmitted. CABLES.

 

From his highly expansive investigation, Agbesi Kojovi, made a trip to China, from where most cables that end up in the country are imported; there he brought to the fore how importers of cables were bringing sub standard materials in to the country.

 

An official of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) Kofi Nagetey, corroborates the findings of Anas in China, he raises a lot of issues relative to how the GSA are aware of such life threatening situations, he goes further into how the hands of the GSA are tied to some extent.

 

Try as they do to impound as many cables as possible, they are outwitted by smart importers bent on doing the wrong thing. That the Ministry of Trade has issued a fiat that all cables be brought in through the sea and air is a good step but beyond that, w hat extra measures can be put in place to curb smuggling in of cables though land?

 

The GSA is still awaiting a legislation that would allow them to give permits to importers of cables into the country. This legislation and the weight it carries relative to safety of life and property; should it not have been passed long before now?

Importers he revealed either intentionally go and buy cheap and low grade cables or they go and liaise with cable manufacturers for sub standard cables to be produced for them to bring down; to these parochial and greedy business people; their profits seem to override all else.

 

Having stated the above, we are of the opinion that local cable manufacturers; Tropical Cable and Conductor Limited, Reroy Cable and Cablemetal Ghana, must make it a point to improve upon their quality and standards so as to appeal to the local electrical cable consumer.

 

Pressures of competition with relatively cheaper imports would always be around but with the consciousness of quality and safety prime to consumes, the local cable manufacturing trio should put themselves in pole position to take over a significant portion of the cable market.

 

In the second part of this piece, we take a look at perhaps the thorniest area of the electrical power supply chain: METERS. We look at the transition from credit (post paid) meters to the new era of pre payment meters. 

 

© Abdur Rahman Shaban Alfa (Scriptwriter, The President’s Assignment)

:alfarsenal@yahoo.com/newcguide@gmail.com”

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