2ND EDITION OF THE POWER SAFETY SUMMIT (PSS)

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COMMUNIQUE DRAWN AT THE 2 ND EDITION OF THE POWER SAFETY SUMMIT (PSS) HELD AT

THE NICON LUXURY HOTEL, ABUJA FROM 27TH NOVEMBER 2018

 

The 2 nd Edition of the Power Safety Summit (PSS) held at the NICON Luxury Hotel, Abuja (Federal Capital Territory), from 27th to 28th November 2018. The meeting was declared open by the Honourable Minister of Power, Works and
Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN).

The Summit was attended by 180 participants who are largely captains of industries in the Generation, Transmission and Distribution sub sectors in the power industry, oil and gas companies engaged in the day –to-day business of
electricity, Top Government functionaries, Non-Governmental Organizations, Health Safety and Environment (HSE) Professionals in the Public and Private Sectors, Academia, Federal Ministry of Power, Nigerian Electricity Management
Services Agency (NEMSA), Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), Association of Power Generation Companies (APGC), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Civil Society Organizations(CSOs), Consumers
Rights Advocacy Group, Consumer Protection Council(CPC), Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), Licensed Electrical Contractors Association of Nigeria (LECAN), Banking and Non-Banking Financial Institutions, Meter
Manufacturers, Engineering Procurement, Infrastructure and Construction Companies (EPICC), Foreign Investors and Technical Partners in the Power Sector, Religious Leaders, Leaders of Thought, the media and the general
public.

The theme of the 2 nd edition of Power Safety Summit (PSS) is “Vision Zero Incidents in the Power Sector Value Chain.” The theme was carefully chosen to achieve a zero-tolerance target for public and staff fatalities by sharing
information on best practices and helping each other to strengthen the risk assessment and risk management components of our various work processes.
The summit commenced with a brief safety talk by Engr. Ernest Mupwaya, MD/CEO of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) represented by Engr. Tony Adalor. He enumerated the critical factors that can enhance and sustain positive safety culture at our workplaces.

In his welcome address, the Chairman of National Organizing Committee, Engineer (Sir) Gabriel Egede noted the Safety Challenges faced in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).

Some of them including but not limited to:

  1.    The issues of contravening of the Right of Way (ROW) of Power Utilities
    through the erection of buildings and facilities under power lines,
  2.      vandalism,
  3.  theft, illegal connection.
  4.  He also stated concrete efforts made by various stakeholders to mitigate
    these challenges.

Declaring the Summit open, the Honorable Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, represented by Engr(Mrs) B. Sapke, Director of Distribution, in the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing
enumerated various achievements recorded by the Ministry in delivering incremental and steady power.

He emphasized the challenges of HSE in the Electricity Industry particularly the increasing concerns of encroachment into ROW and the need to separate structures from transmission and distribution lines. Efforts being made by the
present administration to reduce if not eliminate the use of sub-standard electrical materials in NESI. He urged participants in the summit to come out with useful recommendations and strategies that will enhance safety in the
Nigerian Power Sector.

A total of Six (6) technical papers were presented in 6 sessions and 25 discussants discussed the papers during the summit. Awards were given to the most performing Power Utility Companies for the year 2017 as ranked by
NEMSA, the Media were also recognized at the event with Awards in individual‘s and corporate categories and certificates were issued to participants. After expert presentations, deep analyses and discussions, the following
resolutions and recommendations were drawn:

1. NEMSA should ensure that stiff penalties for defaulters of safety standards and regulations are meted out to them, with a view to ensuring better compliance from operators.

2. Sensitization and awareness of safety standards and rules should be encouraged among the power sector operators to keep the public and electricity users aware of safety precautions to be taken to avoid electrical accidents.

3. Training and retraining of HSE staff and other staff in the power sector should be encouraged to ensure adherence to safety rules and standards and reduce the fatalities in the sector

4. The use of advanced technology like the Global Positioning System (GPS) and other electronic gadgets should be adopted in the monitoring of power equipment and electrical installations to reduce incidents of vandalism which most often causes fatalities in the power sector

5. Consumer awareness on Health Safety and Environment (HSE) should be created by the Operators (generation, transmission and distribution companies) and other agencies in the power sector value chain to stop the incessant restiveness and vandalism that arises from the communication gap between the power sector operators and the
consumers/end users.

6. Management of the operators in the Power sector value chain should ensure that safety policies are developed, strengthened and implemented in their organizations. The top management of the power sector operators should take the lead in implementing the safety policies.

7. Stakeholders’ should ensure they comply with and implement all relevant extant regulations, rules, grid codes and NEMSA guidelines to ensure safety in the sector.

8. The state and local governments should be brought on board in the implementation of the NEMSA guidelines on safety clearances to eradicate the frictions that arise from the implementation of safety rules and regulation between the operators and government agencies at state and local government levels, especially where it concerns ornamental trees planted under high tension lines.

9. There is a need for more government involvement (Federal, State and Local) in the implementation of the ROW regulations to ensure compliance to the rules and conditions of ROW especially during infrastructural development construction, etc. This is because it is not only the negligence of the operators that cause fatalities in the sector but the activities of individuals and organizations that violate these extant rules, grid codes and standards.

10. Technicians in the power sector value chain should be motivated in terms of remuneration and rewards to ensure commitment in the sector.

11. Reintroduction of ‘Earth Leakage Circuit Breakers’ (ELCB) in our homes, offices etc should be publicized and their installation in buildings enforced to reduce electric fire outbreaks and fatalities resulting from electrocution due to earth faults.

12. NEMSA to intensify monitoring and inspection of electrical facilities and installations of the operators to ensure compliance and safety of lives and property.

13. The security operatives should ensure that arrested vandals are prosecuted and jailed to serve as a deterrent to vandals; in accordance with Sections 9, 10, 93, 94, 96 of the Miscellaneous Offences Act and Sections 286 and 287 of the Penal Code that stipulate various offences for offenders.

14. There is a need for the regulators and operators in the power sector to engage the media and the CSOs as critical stakeholders in ensuring that safety standards and rules are complied with in Nigeria.

15. Incidents and accidents in the power sector should be properly documented and shared among the public to create awareness of the consequences of violating the rules and standard of power safety to ensure compliance by all and sundry. This can be done through the use of town hall meetings, local languages, print, electronics and social
media.

16. All categories of Electrical Contractors involved in the installation of Power from domestic/household electrical installation – to – 11KV, 33KV, 132KV, 330KV and other Ultra High Voltage Power Lines to comply with Grid Installation Code, Safety Regulations, NESI Standard Operating Procedure(SOP) and use only qualified personnel, Standardized electrical materials and certified equipment on their projects. And discouraged quackery.

17. Finally, the National Organizing Committee of the 2018 Power Safety Summit appreciates the contributions of all and sundry particularly the critical stakeholders, attendees, and sponsors for their contribution to the success of the Summit.

18. The Summit Attendees in a unanimous vote adopted Lagos State as the proposed venue of the 3 rd Edition of the Power Safety Summit in the month of October 2019.

19. The Summit was drawn to a close with a closing prayer by (His Eminence) John Cardinal Onaiyekan, who encouraged Critical Stakeholders in the Nigerian Electricity to synergize in efforts at promoting a TOTAL SAFETY CULTURE. The Clergy described Safety as every body’s business.

 

POWER SAFETY SUMMIT, ABUJA 2018

Sir Gabriel Egede
Chairman, National Organizing Committee

 

Engineer Imo E. Ekpo
Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE);
Fellow, Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (FNICE);
Vice President (Africa), International Commission on Large Dam (ICOLD);
Independent Consultant, Mambilla Hydro Power Electric Project;
& Member, National Organizing Committee,

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