Chibisi Ohakah

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

Speaking to newsmen while on a facility tour to transformer repairs and testing workshop at Ijora in Lagos, the NEMSA boss said the development was due to lack of workshop to repair the bad transformers. According to him, the 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.

He informed that NEMSA was also collaborating with Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to check the influx of fake and substandard electrical materials and equipment into the country. According to him, the agency had raised a 12-member committee to check the importation of substandard electrical equipment into the country.

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. “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.

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