Utilities

Electricity

STEP 1

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:

Any prospective customer who requires electricity supply should contact the Customer Relations Assistant (CRA) at any Electricity Company of Ghana District /Regional Office.

Supply Application form can be obtained at GH¢10.00 (US$3.00).

Customers’ electrical installation and maintenance should be carried out by licensed electricians in accordance with the prevailing wiring regulations. Please demand and inspect the license issued to him by Energy Commission.

The prospective customer will be required to submit to the Customer Relations Assistant (CRA) the following documents:

  • A completed ECG Supply Application Form.
  • An Installation Completion Certificate duly completed and signed by the licensed electrician who undertook the wiring of the customer’s house or premises.
  • The original and photocopy of applicant’s identification (National ID / Passport / Voters ID /Driver’s License).
  • The original and photocopy of applicant’s site plan.
  • For non-residential customers: a proof of business is required

STEP 2

PROVISION OF QUOTATION OR ESTIMATES

An inspection team will visit and survey the site for information that will be needed for the provision of a quotation or estimate.

If the necessary conditions are satisfied, the customer will be called when the quotation for the cost of electricity supply is ready.

A request for electricity supply that involves more than 2 poles is considered as a development project and that will require engineering studies.

STEP 3

ELECTRICITY SUPPLY CONNECTION

Subject to the full payment of the quotation by the prospective customer, ECG will then get you connected.

The approved costs for the various types of service connection are provided below for the guidance of prospective customers:

TYPE OF SERVICE APPROVED CHARGES GH¢
1 – Phase 3 – Phase
Straight Service 400.00 700.00
1 – Pole Extension 2,400.00 4,000.00
2 – Pole Extension 4,200.00 7,000.00
Separate Meter 82.25 176.00
SHEP / GOG Projects FREE FREE
Additional Load (upgrade to 3-phase)                          500.00

The above charges are VAT/NHIL inclusive.

For further details, contact the Electricity Company of Ghana – http://www.ecgonline.info/index.php

 

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Source: GABC- Dennis Ehiakpor. The author is a lecturer at the University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana.

What is certification?

Certification is a demonstration that a product (in this case farm produce) meets the requirements of your customer. These customer requirements are usually available are code of practices, standards or guidelines and are developed by government, NGOs or the private sector. Certification is usually a market assess tool and could be voluntary or mandatory, the latter been implemented by or on behalf of a government. Most certification standards focus on requirements relating to Good Agricultural Practices to address food quality and safety, use of agrochemicals, environmental protection as well as worker health and safety on farms. Some standards such as “Fairtrade” will dive into non-technical areas like economics and social wellbeing of the producer. Certification also requires documentation, good record keeping on agronomic practices, postharvest management and traceability.

Certification is considered as a tool to comply with to meet certain sustainability requirements aimed at improving the living standards of producers, their communities and the environment. Through certification, consumers are assured that the products are from reliable sources produced under good and sustainable conditions. Producers are required to comply with the sections of the standards spanning from economic, social, environmental and good agricultural practices.

Types of certification in Ghana

There are various types of certification schemes being implemented in Ghana which are all geared towards enabling a market assess or assessing a special market niche, usually the export market. . Some of these are: Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, UTZ certified, Organic and GlobalGAP. These certification schemes have specific areas of concentration which in the long run help, enhanced good agricultural practices, good environmental practices to improve farmers’ livelihoods and ultimately sustainable ways of production and capacity building of the farmer.

Benefits of certification

Certification brings enormous benefits to the producer, the environment and the consumer as well. Certification primarily gives the producer assess to a market that s/he may not have hard easy access. All developed and high-end market are looking for a sustainable food source that guarantees food quality and safety among other requirements and certification is the sure way to demonstrate that to the market. It leads to increase in productivity and quality of produce, premium for development, increased knowledge in good agricultural practices, sustainable production methods by protecting the environment, long term stable contract with buyers, democracy, transparency and women empowerment are some of the benefits of certification to the farmer. The consumer on the other hand is assured that products are safe for consumption, produced under sound environmental, economic and social conditions.

How to get certified

To get certified, the farmer group must first of all be a registered organisation. It must then show interest in a particular certification scheme. Awareness creation and capacity building of its members on the requirements of the standard should be done to ensure that members understand at least the basic requirements. All necessary documentation must then be in place. The farmer or farmer group must then adjust production practices to meet the GAPs as well as other requirements of the intended standard. Apply to the certification body for an initial audit. The certification body would review the application and based on that send an invoice for application fee. Once the application fee is paid, the certification body would send an audit schedule to be agreed upon for an audit to begin. Auditing involves checking of documentations and a field follow up to interview farmers to verify compliance on what has been documented. Based on the outcome of the audit, certificates are issued by either the certification body or the auditing firm. However, sometimes there is the need to carry out corrective measures for non-conformities identified before a certificate can be issued which gives credence to the farmer group to sell their products as certified products.

Name of certification Body/Agents Contact Details
Fairtrade Fairtrade Africa.

House No. 13 Akosombo road.

Airport Residential Area, Accra.

P.O Box KA 9272, Accra Ghana.

+233 302 76 64 11

UTZ Certified UTZ certified.

De Ruyterkade 6. 1013 AA Amsterdam.

THE NETHERLANDS.

+31 20 530 8000.

info@utz.org

Kwame BoataengOsei

Country representative- Ghana & Nigeria

Kumasi, Ghana

+233 0244 412537

kwame.osei@utzcertified.org

Rainforest Alliance Rainforest Alliance

233 Broadway, 28th Floor

New York, NY 10279 USA

+1 212 677 1900

info@ra.org

racert.africa@ra.org

Organic IMO Swiss

Weststrasse 51

CH-8570 Weinfelden

+41 (0) 71 626 0626

info@imo.ch

Global GAP GLOBAL G.A.P

C/o FoodPlusGMbH

Spinchernstr. 55

50672 Cologne, Germany

+49 (0) 221 5799325 or 83

info@globalgap.org

Certification Bodies with presence in Ghana
  1. SGS Ghana Ltd, 14 Ring Road. Roman Ridge. P. O. Box 732, Accra. Tel: +233(0)302773994/5
  2. Africert Ghana Limited. Embassy House No. 13, Akosombo Road. Airport Residential Area. P. O. Box CT 330. Accra
  3. Control Union (Ransford Nyarko)
  4. Smartcert Ghana Ltd. (Dr. Bernard Nsiah. +233 20 3894537
  5. ECOCERT (Stephen Acheampong +233 24 2821996)
  6. IMO (Stephen Acheampong +233 24 2821996)

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