Pascal Emeka, Abuja
Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) boss, Engr. Peter Ewesor, has assured the agency will stamp out quacks and unqualified electrical installation contractors and bad electrical installations in the country.
This is coming after the inauguration of Electrical Installation Contractors Certification Panel at the 16 zonal offices of the agency across the country.
A statement signed by Director of Press in the Ministry of Power, Timothy Oyedeji, quoted Ewesor as speaking at the inauguration of the Abuja panellists where he recalled that Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, had, a recently in Abuja, flagged – off the National Certification of Electrical Contractors in Nigeria, under the aegis of License Electrical Contractors (LECAN).
Ewesor said the inauguration is to ensure that standards are adhere to, stressing that the panel must ensure that no compromise is entertained in the discharge of their assignments.
He challenged the panellists to identify lapses in the power sector, insisting that all places where electricity is in use must have the installation done by experts, absence of which can result in unstable networks and fire incidences.
Engr. Ewesor enjoined the panellists to comply with design format and also avoid improper planning and execution of electrical projects, stressing that the use of sub-standard materials, equipment, lack of adherence to over sight procedure and code of practice should not be mark of a qualified and professional electrical contractor.
He thus sets the Agenda for the discharge of assignment, to include the fact that the panellists must ensure only competent, certified contractors are registered.
This, Ewesor said, informed bringing engineers and technologists to constitute panel experts adding that they “are the ones to determine the professional competence of people who are capable of providing electricity services in the safest manner”.
The panels are made up of representatives of Works and Housing Sector, Standards Organization, (SON) DISCOs, GENCOs, TCN, NSE, COREN, Labour and Employment, and an observer from the Agency’s Headquarters.
The National Certification Programme, by law, has provision for sanctions, as a defaulter is to pay a fine of N500, 000 or three months imprisonment or both. This position is contained in the NEMSA’s enabling law.
NEMSA Certification Co-ordinator, Engr. Ibrahim Haruna, who spoke after the inauguration assured that the panel will carry out its assignment in line with strict professionalism expected of them, adding that they will perform without fear or favour.
He also promised NEMSA that, the panel would justify the confidence reposed on them in the discharge of the assignment.
Earlier, Executive Director, Technical Services (NEMSA) Engr. Tukur Gidado, had reiterated importance of technical expertise in ensuring that the cardinal objectives of the electricity industry adding that electrical contractors must consider the importance of safety of electrical installations at home, commercial and industrial premises.