Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) has tested 64,222 meters of which 63,942 passed and 280 failed.
The Managing Director, Peter Ewesor disclosed this when he spoke during a news conference on the agency’s focus in Abuja following his reappointment.
NEMSA monitored and evaluated 2,699 existing networks and power systems, of which 618 were resolved and 2,081 are outstanding, He explained.
Ewesor observed that the agency inspected and tested 5,037 new power projects/electrical installations along power supply chain and utilization, of which 4,138 were certified for use while 899 awaiting rectification of observed defects.
He further explained that the agency investigated 94 electrical accidents/ electrocutions.
He said the agency has commenced investigations into the cause of the fire outbreak in the Asokoro house of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.
When asked whether he was aware of the fire, he prompted former Acting MD, T.T. Aliyu to respond.
Aliyu said that “we got the report on (Monday) and we have acted on it and commenced its investigation.”
Ewesor also added that “it is something we are working on.” He stressed that only a preliminary report can be ready at the moment, although the agency prefers concluding thorough investigation before issuing its report.
He equally revealed that the agency has secured a conviction of four accused persons at the chief magistrate court of Kaduna State for the Offences of criminal conspiracy, forgery of the NEMSA certificates and cheating.
Offences which he said are contrary to Section 59, 345, 308 of the penal code of Kaduna State.
The Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation then pledged that the agency would “intensify its efforts in terms of enforcement of technical standards and regulations, technical inspection, testing and certification of all categories of electrical installations, electricity meters and instruments to ensure the efficient production and delivery of safe , reliable and sustainable power supply and guarantee safety of lives and property in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI ) and other allied industries/workplaces safety standards.”
Ewesor expressed that the agency is committed to empowering its staff to discharge their responsibilities by ensuring a conducive environment for work, scale up on necessary work equipment and investing in human capital development.
“importantly too, we are already expanding our services, getting closer to people by inaugurating new inspectorate field offices, such as the new Owerri Office, Bauchi and one coming up in Uyo,” he added.