The Ghana Standards Authority, GSA, is asking for more powers to allow it impose fines on institutions that break the country’s standard laws.
This, the Authority says will not only empower it to discharge its duties, but will also give it the financial strength if it is allowed to keep a fraction of the fines.
Speaking to Citi Business News, the Director-General of the GSA, Prof. Alex Dodoo, said Ghana must emulate international best practice by giving the GSA power to sanction institutions that flout the country’s laws.
“Our expectations are that the Ghana Standards Authority will be given the powers to fine because when you see a petroleum station undercharging you only collect GHS5,000; it is not even a deterrent because they make more than that in a day. We want strong punitive sanctions. But if going to court will take you about two years in just one case, it is not even possible. We are hoping that we will be given the powers to literally bite because in a developing country like ours if you don’t enforce the laws, there is no point having them,” Prof. Dodoo said.