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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Power supply: Safety engineers urge FG to engage certified professionals

The American Society of Safety Engineers, Nigeria Chapter (ASSE-NC), on Tuesday called on the Federal Government to ensure only certified professionals were engaged in the power sector.

The association’s President, Mr Kamildeen Abiodun, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that quacks could also cause the epileptic power supply currently experienced in the country.

Abiodun said there should be holistic overhaul of the sector if the President's plan to improve power supply within a while was realistic.

Abiodun said there were associated risks inherent in providing steady power supply if substandard technicians and electrical fittings were installed in a plant.

"The power industry should return to colonial era when electrical installations were inspected to ensure compliance to standards before power was supplied.

"Even before meters are installed in homes, officials of power distribution companies need to inspect the quality of the wiring to ensure they meet standards.

"They are also to maintain routine check for any changes or modulation in a building.

"These are parts of control measures to check fire incidences," he said.

Abiodun urged the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and the Nigeria Customs Service to ensure substandard electrical cables and appliances did not find their way into the country.

"This will ensure the security of government’s investment in the power sector and safety of lives," he said.

He said that the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) must ensure that electrical technicians were registered and retrained.

According to him, awareness and enlightenment should be made on the importance of using only certified professional technicians for all electrical fittings.

He urged the government to collaborate with relevant safety professionals for advisory role to support its plan for the power sector. (NAN)

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