Meter Testing: NEMSA Goes Tough On Discos Over Failure

NEMSA, DISCOs, MeterThe Nigerian Electricity Management Service Agency (NEMSA) says the maximum failure rate it would allow in the testing and certification of meters for use by Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) would be 7.5%.

NEMSA stated that if the failure rates of meters, which the 11 DISCOs brought to its testing station were above that level, it would condemn the quantities of such meters and subsequently ban it from being deployed to homes and offices.

The Managing Director of NEMSA, Mr Peter Ewesor, issued the warning on Wednesday during a press briefing in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Ewesor stressed that the briefing was organised to sensitise electricity consumers in Nigeria on the standard expectations from the meters that DISCOs install in their homes and offices.

He explained that it was the job of the DISCOs to provide meters to their customers while consumers were to verify the authenticity and working conditions of meters supplied and installed.

The NEMSA boss noted that undertaking such task would ensure that consumers do not lose money from incorrect meter readings and energy losses.

NEMSA To Clamp Down On Importers Of Fake Electricity Metres

Peter Ewesor on Fake MetresThe Managing Director of the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA), says all importers of fake metres will be punished.

Speaking at a meeting in Abuja on Saturday, Mr Peter Ewesor said that over 22,336 metres have been tested from three test stations.

“Today (January 9, 2016), we have actually tested 22, 336 metres from our three metre test stations. Out of these, we have type test which tested 110 types of metres.

“Type test requires testing new metres – if it could work in Nigeria, if it meets international best practice, environmental condition in terms of temperature and humidity.

“When the metre has been type tested, and we find out that it meets the specifications of the Nigerian Metering Code put in place to guide the type of metre we should use in the country, then, the metre would be given a certification – which means the metre could be imported.

“The metre must meet the quality of the metre you gave which we have given you to say it has a pass mark”, he explained.

Mr Ewesor stated that the exercise would be a continuous one and advised importers of metres to ensure they adhere to the Nigerian Metering Code.

NEMSA To Ban Use of Wooden Electricity Poles

NEMSAThe Managing Director of National Electricity Management Service Agency (NEMSA), Mr Peter Ewesor, has hinted that the agency would ban the use of wooden poles for electricity installations in 2016.

Speaking to newsmen on Thursday, he said that the agency was finalizing partnerships with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Federal Fire Service and other relevant agencies to ensure that recommended safety standards are maintained in all electricity installations in the country.

He said that materials like meters, cables and transformers would also be closely monitored to ensure original materials are used at all times, adding that the use of wooden poles would only be approved when such poles have been certified by NEMSA.

The new rules were announced on the back of a recent inspection of electrical installations across the country where NEMSA discovered the use of substandard materials for customers by contractors.

According to the MD, the agency would intensify its inspection exercise in the year 2016 to ensure that all homes and offices, contractors as well as relevant agencies adhere to the new quality requirement.

He noted that in spite of the insistence on quality materials, however, NEMSA would continue to encourage the local production of these materials but would demand high quality control from local meter and transformer manufacturers.

Mr Ewesor was of the view that the economy would benefit immensely from the new order and more jobs will be created.

He urged Nigerians to embrace the use of quality materials for electrical installations in their homes and offices.


NEMSA Warns DISCOs To Adhere To safety Standards

IFCAll Electricity Distribution Companies in the country have been warned to adhere to standards in the procurement and installation of electrical facilities to avoid being sanctioned.

Managing Director,  National Electrical Management Services Agency, (NEMSA) Mr. Peter Ewesor issued the warning after an inspection tour of electrical installations in Kaduna State, North West Nigeria.

He warned that improper installation and use of inferior electrical facilities may cause serious danger to users and therefore urged the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company to immediately correct some observed anomalies.

The agency is saddled with the responsibility of enforcing technical standards and regulation, among other things, in the electricity distribution services.

The purpose of the inspection tour of electrical installations in Kaduna, is therefore, to identify sites where there are faults in power lines, railway/ roads or building constructions with a view to rectifying them.

In his remarks, the Managing Director of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, Mallam Garba Haruna expressed satisfaction with the visit and pledged to adhere to international standards in the electrical distribution