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Tuesday, 21 November 2023

Nigeria Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) has admitted lacking the requisite funds to function efficiently.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Aliyu Tukur Tahir, who addressed the media in Abuja, noted that the agency does not have enough engineers to service its offices across the federation.

He said amid scarce resources, the agency had recorded some remarkable achievements in its few years of existence.

Tahir listed some of the feats to include inspection and testing of 21,681 electricity installations, of which 13,154 have been certified; testing and calibration of 2,655,488 electricity metres and monitoring of 16, 624 electricity networks, as well re-certification of its quality management system (QMS) ISO 9001, 2015 standard by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in 2020.

He submitted that the re-certification is a strategic achievement that had enhanced the overall performance of the agency and provided operational thoroughness and sound basis for sustainable development initiatives.

The MD said the organisation could have done more if it had sufficient resources.

Speaking on the appropriateness of individuals providing their own transformers, the NEMSA boss said it was wrong for individuals to purchase transformers except “there is a clear agreement with the utility supplier that such individuals or groups will be refunded their money.”

He said that some persons who ignorantly purchased transformers without a formal agreement with utility suppliers have had to forfeit their money because when they demanded for refund, the company simply said they had no agreement with them.

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