The launch on Wednesday 16th June 2016 by Ikeja Electric of a network safety monitoring initiative to strengthen her commitment towards ensuring the safety of lives and property in the country is a long awaited initiative that would have averted a lot of death if implemented before now.
This new move, however if properly attended to, would put a peg to the incessant electricity accidents that has killed many and destroyed properties worth billions of naira, since the customers have the right to be protected from avoidable exposure to risks and accidents.
Stakeholders in power sector, on the other hand, see this move as medicine after death and could be a flash in the pan attempt at courting the public’s continued patronage. They had expected that Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA), established by Federal Government for the purpose of contributing to efforts aimed at improving power supply across the country and the Discos would have ensured that electrical materials, equipment and instruments used in the electricity supply industry are of the right quality, standards and specifications, according to its mandate.
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola stressing the importance of the agency at a recent forum in Abuja, said that NEMSA would guarantee efficient production and delivery of power supply as expected by the stakeholders.
He also stated that aside from ensuring efficient power supply, the operations of the agency will provide safety for lives and public electric installations across the country.
The Managing Director of NEMSA, Mr Peter Ewezor, in the same forum said, “The agency is cooperating with other agencies such as Consumer Protection Council (CPC) and Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), among others, to eliminate any substandard electrical products.”
Again, this move acknowledging the need for collaboration with relevant bodies in the economy to ensure the safety of consumers in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry to start eliminating substandard electric products is coming too late.
Consumers have long been concerned about leakages from electric transformers, cable poles and the destructive high voltage surge that maimed, killed and destroyed properties.
The story of 11-year-old Kola Kido, a Form 5 pupil of ODC Primary School, Ota, Ogun State, who died some years ago after threading on a live electric cable that disconnected from the main in front of his Idi Iroko home, may better express this concern. According to a neighbour, Aderemi Adegoke, “The death could have been avoided had the electric authority promptly reacted when reports of the cable felled by a Republic of Benin-bound truck laden with a mountain of goods was lodged at its office,” he recalled. But the plausible defence of Ota branch of National Electric Power Authority, NEPA, as it was then known, was that the complaint was not properly lodged.
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