The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has taken steps to retain trainees assigned to the organisation under the Nation Builders Corp (NABCO) as it gears up to embark on a massive nationwide standards enforcement drive.
The 189 NABCO graduates will support the exercise which seeks to ensure full compliance with the country’s regulations on standards to protect consumers while promoting fair trade practices.
Absorbing the trainees will boost the staff strength of GSA to also meet the anticipated increase in demand for their services, following the implementation of borderless trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
The Director General of GSA, Prof. Alex Dodoo said the authority will leverage on experiences gathered by the trainees to boost its operations while fulfilling government’s pledge of creating jobs.
“As we begin the rigorous enforcement of the standards, we certainly will need more hands to widen our coverage. So, there is the need for beefing up our capacity and also creating jobs as President Akufo-Addo envisions,” Prof Dodoo said.
The weak standards enforcement regime in the past allowed the dumping of substandard goods and services on the local market, thereby putting consumers and properties at risk.
Plans to roll out the ‘year of enforcement’ measures in both 2020 and 2021 were disrupted following the pandemic-induced restrictions to curtail the spread of COVID-19.