‘Why Nigerians must reject poor electrical installation’
The Managing Director, Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA), Peter Ewetor, while inaugurating the Eko Zonal Electrical Installation Contractors Certification Panel (ZEICCP), in Lagos, insisted that electrical installation lapses remained primary cause of power networks failure soon after commissioning, and not aging equipment and network as erroneously assumed.
If the plan launched by the agency is supported by the masses to stem the tide against poor electrical installations, Nigeria’s yearly loss of lives and properties, particularly in the areas of fire incidents and other negative results may see drastic reduction.
NEMSA is responsible for the enforcement of technical standards and regulations, technical inspection, testing and certification of electrical installations, meters and instruments.
“Do not hire unqualified electrical engineers for installations,” Ewesor said, stressing that the agency has published names of qualified engineers on its website and would not hesitate to revoke the certificates of players, who are found wanting.
According to the agency, efficient production and delivery of safe, reliable and sustainable supply of electricity and safety of lives and property is feasible if due procedures are followed in the sector.
“The safety, reliability, quality and efficiency of power supply to the populace largely depend on the quality of networks and systems that are built according to specification and standard,” he added.
Representative of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Akinware Ayo, lamented that substandard electrical products are harming the economy of the nation.
Ayo, who is a member of the newly inaugurated panel, said there is the need to build competency and trust to ensure that safety is prioritised in every installation.Chairman of the Committee, Daniel Owen, promised that the assignment would be discharged judiciously and won’t batter the image of the orgnaisation.
The inauguration, which is a response to the national certification of electrical contractors in Nigeria, a scheme flagged off by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, last year brought together key stakeholders. They include NEMSA, Nigerian Society of Engineer (NSE), SON, Licensed Electrical Contractors Association of Nigeria (LECAN), energy distribution companies and others to certify qualified electrical engineers.