Electrical installation contractors without certification from the Nigerian Electricity Management Service Agency (NEMSA) risk prosecution.
NEMSA warned that the penalty for not acquiring the certificate is a three-year imprisonment or a fine of N500,000.
Peter Ewesor, Chief Executive Officer, who is also the Chief Electrical Inspector of Nigeria, gave the warning during the inauguration of the Abuja Zonal Electrical Installation Contractors Certification Panel in Abuja.
Addition to the imprisonment and fine, he said the certificate holders had sanctions, which ranged from suspension of licence, a repeat of the installation if it had not caused havoc, and permanent withdrawal of the certificate if the installation led to an accident that caused loss of life.
He said that the agency under the Certification of Electrical Contractors in Nigeria on July 26 certified 6,500 contractors while there has been a high rush to the agency for re-certification.
According to him, “The reason we are doing this is that we have noticed that with the certification kicked off, the rush for recertification has been very high, and we have to start this inauguration for people who feel they have to be certified to be certified so that some people cannot be disenfranchised from the exercise.”
Ewezor said that the goal of the agency is to remove quacks to ensure the delivery of uninterrupted electricity supply to Nigerians, ensuring safety of lives and property.
He further said, “Many lapses have been identified in the power sector and other places where electricity is used in the area of electrical installation, which have resulted to the unstable network and fire incidences over the years.
“These lapses include design and construction failure, improper planning and execution of electrical projects, use of substandard materials and equipment, deliberate oversight of procedures, code and requirements for executing electricity projects as specified by regulations and standard code of practice, lack of adherence to standard construction and installation and inadequate safety provisions during constrain and subsequent utilisation of the network,” he said, The Nation reports.