ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has pledged the government’s resolve to stamp out unethical practices at the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).
Henceforth, only certified, suitably qualified electrical installation contractors are to operate in the country.
It is now mandatory that only those issued with graded licences by Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) will be allowed to practice in the system.
The Minister, who was represented by the Minister of State, Mustapha Baba Shehuri, at the flag – off event for the revalidation certification of contractors, said Fashola bemoaned the fact that before the creation of NEMSA, the industry had been bedeviled with unprofessionalism and quackery this has led to spate of electrical electrocutions and untimely deaths.
The main objective of the certification exercise is to ensure that only skilled, experienced and competent professionals engage in the business of electrical installation work in the country.
NEMSA, as regulator, is critical to the survival of the industry and the attainment of government’s planned incremental, stable and uninterrupted power supply.
Shehuri said NEMSA all it could in ensuring network stability which could be aggravated by poor workmanship, construction and installation of power networks.
“Our safety will not be compromised, as government will sanction defaulters as we do not wish to loose lives of our citizens anymore, so also the loss of properties, due to someone’s negligence and poor judgment,” he said.
– CAJ News