NAIROBI, Kenya Jul 19 – East African Cables has rolled out a countrywide campaign to accredit electricians in a move aimed at weeding out unscrupulous players in the construction industry.
EA Cables Chief Executive Officer George Mwangi said on Tuesday that the program was a strategic step by the cables manufacturer to venture further into the construction industry by offering value addition on their services.
“At East African Cables, we are now embarking on a long-term initiative to empower cable installers with skills to enable them undertake quality installations that primarily guarantee safety and value for money,” Mr Mwangi said.
Dubbed the Fundi Shupavu Campaign, the ongoing initiative has seen EA Cables register over 600 Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) licensed electricians countrywide who will also be accredited by the East African Community to provide electrical services to the building and construction industry in the region.
Mr Mwangi said the program seeks to empower cable installers with the relevant skills to enable them undertake quality installations that primarily guarantee safety and value for money.
He added that local cabling systems installers and apprentice wiring technicians are expected to gain considerable experience on the suitable applications of both specialized and domestic cables.
“The commencement of this training and accreditation program signifies our commitment to ensuring professional cabling applications for specific uses to avoid unnecessary risk and losses,” he said.
By training and registering electricians, East African Cables is also taking an informed step to ensure that the construction industry continue to tap into a pool of trained domestic electrical technicians.
At the same time, Mr Mwangi said East African Cables has outlined plans to further increase its market and shareholder value with expanded capacity and a mix of new products and market forays within and beyond the East Africa region.
The company has already commenced production of aerial bundled conductors as well as the introduction of crosslink polyethylene cables, which have the ability to carry more current for the same size of cable compared to PVC cables and have better strength at high temperatures.
The CEO said the new products were in line with Kenya Power’s power transmission upgrade project as well as demand for cables in the region.