The federal government has set up a complementary technical framework to gauge and ascertain the level of compliance by participants to technical requirements in their operations within the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).
The new hybrid framework, Electricity Management Services Company (EMS) is expected to complement the regulatory role played by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in discovering and determining technically competent operators in the industry.
In furtherance of the regulatory responsibilities of NERC in the NESI, the EMS will amongst other tasks, inspect to uncover electricity licensees whose technical operations do not conform with extant provisions of laws guiding operations of the industry and will also advise NERC on the suspension or revocation of operation licenses of such participants in view of possible technical hazards.
A statement from the ministry of power in Abuja disclosed that President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the setting up and constitution of the management of EMS as part of government’s continued efforts to reposition the nation’s power sector and to ensure proper sectoral coordination of the various electricity chain services in the country.
The statement noted the setting up of the new body became expedient at this critical time that the sector is transiting from public sector management to that of the private sector.
According to the release, a 10-man management team headed by Peter Ewesor (Managing Director), which has Tukur Gidado, Ikechi Clara Nwosu, Ayuba J. Ngbako, Funke Sam-Stanford, Oyinnemi Gbeworo, E.O. Adeniyi, Aneke Uche, Tijani Baba and Okwudili Ezegwa as members will be inaugurated this week by the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo in Abuja.
Nebo however told THISDAY on phone that the EMS would majorly conduct technical inspectorate services in the sector considering the possibilities of disregard for technical details in the emerging NESI.
He explained the new body would also assist NERC in determining the technical capacities of new entrants in the sector while seeking to expunge from the sector operators that have displayed technical incompetence in their operations.
According to him, the possibilities that new operators in the power sector may resort to improper technical practices that may jeopardise established standards in the sector and the likelihood that the NERC may not adequately cover the entire aspects of the operations in the sector necessitated the setting up of the EMS, which will however work with the commission to stamp out irregular technical practices in NESI.
NERC recently rolled out a set of code to guide NESI operators in advancing health and safety practices in operations within electricity supply lines and work stations. The code is divided into five parts which include a guide to evaluating safety programmes, safety and industry best practices on workers safety, record-keeping, training and investigation.
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