Why was the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) created?

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

Does NEMSA collaborate with international donor agencies?


ANSWER: Yes. It presently has collaborations with the following agencies:
  • A collaboration between NEMSA, GIZ-NESP, Winrock International (USAID) was established to develop a certification framework for the renewable energy and energy efficiency personnel in the power industry.
  • A collaboration is  in process between NEMSA and WINROCK (USAID) on knowledge transfer and joint inspection tours on technical assessments of renewable energy and energy efficiency project sites.
  • NEMSA is in the process of collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) on capacity building.

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.

What is the significance of NEMSA’s functions in the NESI?


ANSWER: NEMSA’s technical inspection, testing and certification functions in the NESI include ensuring:
  1. Safety and reliability of power supply to customers.
  2. Safety of lives and properties (reduction in electrical accidents, loss of lives, economic losses etc.)
  • Quality and standardization of electrical materials, equipment, machines, etc., used for generation, transmission and distributive networks.
  1. The electrical power systems, networks and installations are put in place and maintained in a manner to provide power supply and services to customers continuously with minimal interruptions.

What are the functions of NEMSA in the NESI? ANSWER: NEMSA’s functions include the following:


  1. Inspection, testing and certification of:
  • All electrical materials and equipment used for power generation, transmission and distribution/ utilization.
  • All electric power generating stations (plants) with associated switch yard installations.
  • All categories of distribution networks (systems) consisting of 33/11kv transmission substations.
  • Electrical installations in factories, industries breweries, commercial premises, high rise buildings, etc.
  • Small consumer installations to ensure that workplaces, residential homes, small business premises, etc. are safe and free from electrical hazards.
  • Electric (concrete/wooden) poles to ensure that only good quality and reliable materials are used in the electricity industry.
  • Electrical installation of privately owned Independent Power Plants (IPPs), electric generating plants or sets.
  1. Processing and issuance of electrical installation certification to competent and qualified electrical contractions and personnel working in the electricity industry. This is to curb the abuse of electrical installations.
  2. Periodic inspections, monitoring and assessment of existing power plants/stations installations. To ensure that they are in regular fitness to generate, transmit, distribute and deliver reliable and safe power supply to electricity consumers nationwide under the relevant rules and regulations in line with international best practice.
  3. Investigation of electrical accidents and electrocutions in connection with generation, transmission, distribution, supply or use of electrical energy with a view to finding out the causes and the enforcement of remedial measures. At the same time, proffer or suggest ways of preventing future occurrence.

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)?


ANSWER: NEMSA’s mandate does not clash with other licensing and regulatory agencies because NEMSA purely an enforcement, technical inspection, testing and certification agency.

In doing its work, NEMSA collaborates with other agencies of government, such as the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) and the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), who have responsibilities that interface NEMSA’s.

Can NEMSA be found in other parts of the country?

 ANSWER: Yes. We have 16 zonal offices across the country. For details of the locations click here

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 collaboratingg 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.

What are the statutory roles and responsibilities of NEMSA to the public concerning metering?


ANSWER: Our statutory responsibility concerning metering is to ensure that deployed electric energy meter meet the required standard by testing them in our laboratories, which we have in Kaduna, Oshodi and in Port Harcourt.

What are the consequences of meters that are not tested or calibrated?


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.