Ghana Standards Authority opens new office in Wa

Wa, The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has opened a new office in Wa, the Upper West regional capital, to promote standardization of goods and services as well ensure safety of consumers in the Region.

The new office is expected to add up the number of GSA administrative centres in the country and aid the industrial transformation agenda of government for quicker economic growth.

Professor Alex Kofi Dodoo, the Director-General of GSA, said the new centre, which was inaugurated on Tuesday, would help correct the unfair competition in the Ghanaian market.

He said many people bring into the country substandard products and sell them at low prices to many consumers at the expense of made in Ghana goods.

He said the office would step up efforts to ensure products brought in the region meet the requisite standards, promote made in Ghana products and correct unfair competition in the local market.

And also enable producers, business men and women to work hand in hand with NBSSI which is aimed at promoting businesses and protecting the consumer as well, he said.

Mr Alhaji Sulemana Alhassan, the Upper West Regional Minister, expressed happiness with the initiative taken by the GSA, saying: The three pillars; Testing, Certification and Inspection, will go a long way to ensure that producers do the right thing and consumers being protected.

He urged the officers posted to man the office go strictly according to laid down procedures in certification and standardization.

Dawarnoba Baeka, the Chief Director at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, said the need for an office in the region has been long overdue as many producers and business people had to travel to Bolgatanga or Tamale to receive services.

This does not yield any results despite the hustle and the troubles they go through, and majority still end up going to Accra, to get it done for them, he said.

He cautioned officers not to sit in their offices to transact business but rather go round the various districts to discover things for themselves in the field.

Source: Ghana News Agency