The Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA), on Saturday bemoaned the manner of poor electricity meter installation across the country.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Abuja Metering Installation Personnel Certification Panels (ZEMIPCP), the NEMSA Managing Director, Engr. Peter Ewesor urged the panel to ensure only competent and qualified personnel are allowed to install meters in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).
He insisted: “It is illegal for anyone to install electricity meters in the country if he/she is not NEMSA certified.”
He said owing to the poor manner of meter installations in Nigeria, the agency had already inaugurated some panels in Lagos.
Membership of the Abuja Zonal Panels were drawn from the Transmission Company of Nigeria, Nigerian Society of Engineers and Abuja Electricity Distribution Company.
Ewesor, who is the Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation, said: “the essence of actually ensuring that this is done is to ensure that only competent and qualified personnel with the required skills that are certified by NEMSA in line with what the law says actually are allowed to work in the industry.
“This is actually to preserve the ethics and specialization of carrying out electrical installations work and ensuring electricity meters are properly and well installed.”
He recalled that it commenced the certification of Electrical Installation Contractors in 2016.
Ewesor added that the agency has certified over 9,000 Electrical Installation Contractors.
According to him, “the one of electricity metering became very expedient now that we have found out that with the Federal Government policy and with the regulations being rolled out by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
He also said there is always a challenge when the meters are not well installed, noting the meters could be reading even when switched over to private generating plants.
Ewesor said when meters are installed in poor earthing systems, they take false readings.
He said some people conclude that their meters are faulty when they are wrongly installed.
The Managing Director notes that some install a single phase meter in place of three phased.
He urged the panels to sort out bad installations, ask the electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) why they are done that way.