The Concerned Second Dealers Association of Ghana (CSHDAG) has once again hit out at the Energy Commission over the latter’s plan to ban the importation of used items.
Few weeks ago, the Commission, working through the Ministry of Energy, tabled before Parliament a draft to amend parts of the Energy Efficiency Regulations, 2008 (LI 1932).
The regulation is a 14-year-old law that bans the importation or sale (distribution) of used refrigerators, air-conditioners and incandescent filament lamps.
When amended, the scope of the law will be expanded to prohibit other used electronic appliances, such as television sets, metal halide lamps, ceiling fans, standing fans, table-top fans, batteries for renewable energy systems, inverters and solar panels.
The rest are distribution transformers, computers, microwave ovens, set-top boxes (decoders), washing machines, electric kettles, electric motors, rice cookers, water heaters, industrial fans and ventilating fans.
According to the Commission, Ghana risks becoming an environmental dumping site for used electrical and electronic waste from Europe.
It also said these appliances consume a lot of energy and as well poses health threats on the people.
Due to this, the Second Hand Dealers Association organised a press conference to register their apprehension over the move.
Speaking on Atinka TV‘s morning show, Ghana Nie with Ekourba Gyasi Simpremu monitored by MyGhanaMedia.com, the National Chairman of the Association, Mr. Daniel Asare, said the commission’s statement on the health risks of the imported used electrical appliances frightened their customers.
According to him, since the above information went out, a lot of customers have called them, asking if they should dispose their already bought items.
Meanwhile, he said the claims were not entirely true.
“We want to tell the public that there is no proof backing the statement by the Energy Commission,” he said.
When asked his basis for saying what the Energy Commission said was untrue, Daniel Asare said he did a research on the internet to find out if the second hand electrical appliances were really causing harm to people’s health and he found out it was not true, adding that they were surprised by what the Commission stated.
He admitted that the new appliances were good but they were expensive such that people may not be able to buy.
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