The Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) have raised a 12-member panel address to the infiltration of counterfeit electrical materials and equipment in Nigeria.
The committee comprising five officials from SON and seven from NEMSA is to help to trim the flow of substandard equipment and also sensitise the suppliers on the dangers they pose to the use of electricity across households.
Speaking during the inauguration of the Joint Committee in Abuja, the Managing Director of NEMSA, Engr. Peter Ewesor said: “This committee which we are inaugurating today will help to take out substandard electrical instantiations. It will greatly minimise the spread as we are trying to cut it from the root by working to ensure that no such materials to enter into the country.
“Contractors who indulge in such practices feel they are cheating the country but they are cheating themselves because once such equipment fails, they will be forced to reinstall it again.”
The SON acting Director General, Dr. Paul Angya said the initiative started by NEMSA will specifically deal with issues of poor electrical cables and substandard materials in the power sector.
According to him, the Committee’s objectives will deepen collaboration by both agencies, and reduce incidences of use of substandard cables and equipment.
He said “We should leave here with the resolve that government will be improve its procurement process to ensure that local manufacturers who have standard products are patronised.”
Another objective, he said would be to ultimately protect electricity consumers by ensuring standard cables and materials are used to avoid losses of lives and properties, and the huge economic losses to the country.
The committee who had their inaugural meeting after the event was asked to draft their terms of engagement and modalities for implementing the objectives identified and present it in about eight days.
Members of the committee said they will leverage on their access to the NEMSA meter testing station in Lagos and other laboratories to ensure that electrical materials tested as they arrive in Nigeria.