By Constance Athekame, Abuja.
The Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) says it has certified 10,692, out of the 15,000 electrical installations inspected in Nigeria in 2022, to ensure enforcement of safety.
The Managing Director of NEMSA, Aliyu Tahir, said this in Abuja on Sunday, at an interactive session with journalists on the achievements of the agency.
He said: “We have inspected over 15,931 electricity projects across the country, out of which 10,692 have been certified fit for use by NEMSA.
“We have also monitored 12,114 existing networks and power systems nationwide which is part of the agency’s mandate
“Also, over 3,255 electrical installations at factories, hazardous installations have been inspected by NEMSA.”
Tahir said that the inspection of the electrical installations cut across the electricity value chain, ranging from electricity transmission, generation, distribution and utilisation in our homes and offices.
“This is to ensure that the right electrical equipment and materials are used for installations to protect lives and property.”
He said that there had been significant increase in the number of manufacturers of electric concrete poles that were certified in Nigeria, adding that the number had risen from 21 in 2016 to 143 in 2021.
The managing director said that NEMSA had so far certified 33 electricity meters manufacturers and assemblers.
According to him, the National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP), put in place by the Federal Government, has brought more meter assemblers and manafacturers into the country and the number is growing.
“We are building synergy with stakeholders in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI), to ensure that all major electrical equipment and materials used in the sector are of the right quality and standard,” he said.
Tahir said that NEMSA was also collaborating with other agencies to ensure that they got rid of sub-standard electrical equipment, while also checkmating electrical accidents.
He listed the agencies as the Federal Fire Service, the Nigeria Police, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), amongt others.
Tahir said that the agency established and inaugurated its the first Meter Generation Museum/Gallery at the National Meter Test Station, Oshodi, Lagos, and was awaiting the inauguration of those in Kaduna and Port-Harcourt.
He said that the museum was to showcase the development of electricity meters in the country for historical purpose.
Tahir said that the agency would continue to constantly create public awareness, in line with its mandate of ensuring the use of standard electrical materials and equipment in the country.