The need for the use of only standard electrical products for electrical installations and electrification has being reiterated by the Nigerian Electricity Management Service Agency (NEMSA). The agency which is known for its campaign against the use of substandard electrical materials and has also played a major role in sensitizing the general populace on the implications of using these materials.
The Safety Agency (NEMSA) as popularly referred to has taken this campaign a step further by warning importers of substandard electrical products to desist from the illicit act or risk losing the cost of their investments. The Managing Director of the agency, Mr Peter Ewesor, gave the warning at the capacity building and training programme is organised for its staff in Lagos.
Mr. Ewesor said that the warning became necessary because of the influx of substandard electrical products, especially pre-paid meters, into the country.
“The agency will not hesitate to flag products that do not comply with standards. Once we test any electrical product and we find that the product does not meet standards, the product will be impounded. We will also report substandard products to the electricity distribution companies to ensure such a product is not used by them,” he said.
“We are well prepared ahead for the influx of pre-paid meters into the country and we have increased our capacity both in human resources and our laboratories”.
He said that the country’s laboratories in Kaduna and Oshodi in Lagos built to carry out the test on electrical equipment would be ready by July. He affirmed that when fully completed, there would be zero tolerance for substandard materials in the market.
Ewesor said that the aim of the training programme was to ensure the workers were given the required skills to meet the agency’s mandate.