Nigeria: 700000 Transformers in Sate of Disrepair

The Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA), has stated that there are well over 700,000 bad transformers that are littering the country.

Mr Peter Ewesor, the Managing Director of NEMSA, who disclosed this during a facility tour to transformer repairs and testing workshop at Ijora in Lagos last week, said the development was due to lack  of workshop to repair the bad transformers. He added that rehabilitation of the transformer workshop will attract more investors and create employment for Nigerians.

“NEMSA has ensured that all imported transformers that failed to meet specifications were rejected from coming into the country. In the last few months, we have disallowed about 68 transformers which failed specifications into the country,” he said.

Ewesor said that the agency was also collaborating with Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to check the influx of fake and substandard electrical materials and equipment into the country.

He said that the agency had raised a 12-member committee to check importation of substandard electrical equipment into the country.

“Contractors, who indulge in such practices, feel they are cheating the country but they are cheating themselves because once such equipment fails, they will be forced to reinstall it again,” he said.

He said that the committee comprising five officials from SON and seven from NEMSA was to help reduce the flow of substandard equipment and also sensitise the suppliers on the dangers they pose to the use of electricity across households.

In his remarks, Mr Chidi Izuwah, Director General of ICRC, reiterated the import of the workshop facility to Discos, saying it would enable quick fix of failed and bad transformers in the sector as well as generate employment to Nigerians.

He said: “The electricity in the country has challenges, but we need to intervene in tin the infrastructure chain of the distribution segment. We are regulating a process by ensuring that all government moribund workshop and facilities are revived to commence operations.

“This transformer repairs and testing worship is a national asset, so, we are working to ensure effective regulation that will encourage PPP.ICRC will fast track PPP initiative to revive the country’s transformers workshops for the benefit of the nation, which is in line with the next level agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Izuwah commended the Managing Director of NEMSA for ensuring effective regulations in curbing substandard electrical equipment in the power sector.

Author: GBA News Desk

Source: Independent

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