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Published On: Wed, Oct 18th, 2017

NEMSA talks tough, vows to sanction defaulters of electricity safety standards

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…secured conviction of four accused persons in Kaduna

By Etuka Sunday

Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) said it has identified the issue of standardization of equipment/materials and existence of quackery as major problems plaguing the power sector, consequently, would take necessary actions to stop the menace.
The reappointed Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of NEMSA, Engr. Peter Ewesor who made the disclosure in Abuja said, the existence of quackery in the industry had led to many unfortunate incidences of electrical accidents and electrocutions in the country,
therefore, assured that the problems would be strongly addressed as he begins his second tenure in the agency.
Engr. Ewesor spoke at the mini hand-over ceremony organized by the agency during which the Acting MD/CEO, Engr. T.T. Aliyu presented the report of his brief stewardship to him.
The NEMSA boss said: “first is our unalloyed commitment to the implementation of the mandate of this Agency. As I had noted
severally, the major challenge of the sector is quackery and we have evolved multiple strategies. We will make life unbearable for any
group or individual who insist on endangering Nigerians through refusal to abide by professional safety standards.”
He expressed deep happiness over the recent conviction of four accused persons by the Kaduna Magistrate Court for offences of criminal conspiracy, forgery of NEMSA Certificate and cheating.
“Recently, we secured a conviction of four accused persons at the chief magistrate court of Kaduna State Court for the offences of criminal conspiracy, forgery of NEMSA Certificate and cheating contrary to section 59, 345 and 308 of the penal code of Kaduna State. This will serve as deterrence to those contemplating forging and counterfeiting NEMSA Certificate/instrument,” he said.
According to him, the agency would intensify efforts especially in the area of testing and certification of all categories of electrical installations.
He said: “we are going to intensify our efforts in terms of enforcement of technical standards and regulations, technical inspection, testing and certification of all categories of electrical installations, electricity meters and instruments to ensure the efficient production and delivery of safe, reliable and sustainable power supply and guarantee safety of lives and property in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) and other allied industries/workplaces safety standards.”
“The second focus is our determination to empower our staff to effectively discharge their responsibilities by ensuring a conducive environment for work, scale up on the necessary work equipment and investing in human capital development. Importantly too, we are already expanding our services, getting closer to people by inaugurating new inspectorate field offices, such as the new Owerri Office, Bauchi and one coming up in Uyo.

“And last but not the least is our rededication to the culture of integrity, transparency and openness in the management of the Agency‎. We are passionately committed to the anti-corruption crusade of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. We have always ensured due process in our operations and that has earned us the 12th position amongst 166 public institutions assessed by Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC) in the 2017 FOI ranking recently conducted. Going forard, we will ensure continuous maximum compliance with relevant extant rules and other regulations,” he said.

He assured Nigerians that the Agency will be more visible as it intensifies efforts to enforce safety of use of electricity and safety of lives and property in the industry and Nigeria at large.

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