The Federal Government has warned that the long arm of the law would soon catch up with those that endanger the lives of Nigerians by manufacturing fake power equipment in the country.
Speaking in Lagos at the recent inauguration of the re-modelled National Meter Testing Station, the Minister of State for Power, Hon. Mohammed Wakil, said the government was set to enforce quality control and standard of electricity installations across the country.
He said having successfully reformed the generation, transmission and distribution sub-sectors, this present administration would focus on the delivery of safe and reliable electricity supply to Nigerians.
“We are resolved to enhance consumers and investors’ confidence and satisfaction, through sustained inspection, testing and certification of electrical materials and equipment. Electricity materials should be of the right quality and specifications. All categories of electrical installations, power systems and networks must be properly planned, designed and executed before use. Gone are the days of sub-standard equipment and installations, which compromised safety of Nigerians. More pointedly, manufacturers of fake power equipment are, hereby, put on notice. The long arm of the law shall catch up with those endangering the lives of Nigerians”, he said.
According to the minister, Nigerians not only want adequate power supply but also safety and reliability of the equipment.
Wakil said the significance of safety and quality control informed the establishment of the Electricity Management Services Limited (EMSL).
He said the EMSL is one of the successor companies established by law, which has grown from nothing to an emerging giant.
“EMSL, a pivotal part of the power sector, provides technical support services of enforcement of technical standards, safety and specifications in the sector. These technical support services have saved stakeholders millions of Naira, arising from frequent replacement of bad/faulty meters, electrical materials and equipment. For EMSL to perform this function effectively, a well-equipped National Meter Testing Station capable of carrying out effective service of quality control and enforcement is a must. This is one of the core reasons why we are here. Remodeling and upgrading of this National Meter Testing Station and opening the Technical Inspectorate Services Field Office are inevitable in line with the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan” he added.
Wakil noted that EMLS had within a short period achieved remarkable successes,
The minister identified the successes to include the remodeled meter test station and others at Kaduna and Port Harcourt.
He also pointed out that the technical inspectorate services field offices of EMSL have detected defective power equipment in many zones across the country.
Also speaking, the Managing Director of EMSL, Mr. Peter Ewesor, said the project was started from the scratch to its current enviable state.