The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) has kicked against the ban on importation of used appliances by the federal government via the Energy Commission – Ghana (EC).
The Energy Commission of Ghana has hinted on the enforcement of the ban on importation of used appliances.
The Commission has earlier cautioned against the dumping of digital waste into the nation from overseas nations.
Reports counsel that Ghana is basically changing into a dumping floor for digital waste with the Energy Commission taking severe steps to manage that area with the importation of normal items.
The ban impacts the importation of used fridges/freezers, used air situations, and incandescent lamps into Ghana.
However, commenting on the transfer by the Energy Commission on Starr News, President of GUTA, Dr. Joseph Obeng says the ban will have an effect on their enterprise and livelihood.
He mentioned the power fee should make exceptions to the ban since not all second-hand appliances are harmful to the atmosphere.
“We cannot say that all used goods are not good and that all new goods are good. What we are saying is that we should use our standards to decipher what is good and what is bad. What is harmful to the environment and what is not. That is the standard and regulation we are used to and that is what we are appealing to the government not to ban the used goods. Because they are of a very good use to the economy. As we all know most consumers have come to appreciate that most of these second-hand goods are even better than the new ones,” Mr. Obeng reiterated.
He additionally added that the ban can even have an effect on returnees who will favor coming to Ghana with their used appliances.
“Our brothers and sisters who’re staying overseas will wish to include their appliances they’ve used. Maybe inside a interval of six months or one 12 months and so they wish to convey it dwelling. So as a result of it’s used they can’t be introduced in? Is that what you’re saying?
“Not at all. We do not have any precedent of any country who does not consume used products. You can give me a reference, there is none. Not even in the advanced countries where you say that people who do not have the option to buy goods that have been used previously even though the quality is good. So, you say that because the product is used it will be banned. It is not proper”, he added.
Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/Bernice Mensah
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