FG moves to enhance standard, regulation of electricity industry
The Federal Government has disclosed plans to enhance service-delivery in the electricity industry.
The Managing Director of the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA), Peter O. Ewesor, revealed this in Enugu yesterday.
He said the move would address the current wastage of energy resources and also save lives and property.
Ewesor, who is the Chief Electrical Inspector in the country, spoke at the ground-breaking/foundation-laying of the National Meter Test Station.
He stressed that government was committed to strengthening the power sector and checking the malpractices that cause wastages.
He disclosed that the station, which is the fourth in the country, would serve the southeast zone.
The chief inspector added that it would resolve consumers’ technical issues and disputes relating to meters and metering services.
He said: “The station is quite significant and represents a milestone in the realisation of the president’s change agenda and infrastructure
“The government is committed to strengthening the power sector, because it is the engine for the economic growth of any country.”
Ewesor said the move to enhance standard is aimed at providing safe, reliable and sustainable electricity to the citizenry.
The NEMSA boss listed the benefits of the test station to include improvement of economic activities in the zone, employment generation and nearness to testing of electricity energy meters and metering equipment.
He explained that NEMSA was established three years ago to enforce technical standards, regulations and inspection.
Its role also includes the testing and certification of electrical installations and power systems.
This, he, said was necessary for the efficient production and delivery of safe, reliable and sustainable electricity supply.
According to him, the N223 million-test station would be completed
in the next 18 months.
When accomplished, it would contribute to ending complaints of bad metering and reducing the time frame for getting certification for meters.
While identifying poor funding as the industry’s bane, he stressed that the services would be “decentralised for efficiency and effectiveness.”
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