ANSWER: NEMSA is a multi- disciplinary, technical and professional agency of government established by the federal government to enforce technical standards and regulations in the Nigerian electricity supply industry (NESI) in line with the provisions part 1 Section 8 of the Electric Power Sector Reform (ESPR) 2005
What are the role and responsibility of NEMSA in enforcing standard and regulation in the NESI and other work places?
ANSWER: The role and responsibility of NEMSA in enforcing standards is to ensure safety in the electricity industry and work places is by ensuring that all electrical materials and equipment that are used for construction of power plants, transmission system and distribution network are of the right quality, they meet the required specification and standard both local and international. We equally ensure that electrical projects put in place, network are properly planned, designed and executed before use to ensure that there is delivery of safe and reliable electricity to consumers.
Does NEMSA’s mandate clash with that of other licensing and regulatory agencies of government like the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) and the Consumer Protection Council (CPC)?
What is NEMSA doing to regulate substandard cable finding their ways into the market thereby leading to avoidable electrical accidents?
ANSWER: NEMSA has commenced a procedure and a scheme to ensure that the cables and the materials people are selling in the market meets standard. We are already collaborating\g with standard organization of Nigeria (SON) and there will be actions put in place to remove substandard cables and materials from the market. We will also educate the suppliers, buyers and the electrical contractor on the need for the use of standard materials.
ANSWER: Those meters that are not tested or calibrated may not be able to dispense power in the right quantity; it’s either a shortage to the utility company or shortage to the consumer. Shortage to the utility may mean dispensing power in a quantity that is being supplied beyond what is being accounted for. So it is necessary for every meter to be tested and approved before installed so consumers will not be cheated.
ELECTRICITY CONSUMERS SENSITIZATION, ADVOCACY ON THE NEED FOR THE USE OF STANDARD AND CERTIFIED ELECTRICITY PERSONNEL /MATERIALS (METERS, POLES, WIRES, TRANSFORMERS ETC) AND SAFETY OF LIVES AND PROPERTIES IN THE COUNTRY.