Electricity: NEMSA to outlaw use of wooden poles this year

*Wood utility poles.

*Wood utility poles.

12 January 2016, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The Managing Director of the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Authority, NEMSA, Mr. Peter Ewesor, has announced that the agency will soon outlaw the installation of wooden poles in the country.

Eweso, who disclosed this during an interactive session with journalists in Abuja, said the measure is meant to forestall bad installation practices in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, NESI.

He also said the move became necessary in order to stop the increasing incidents of electrocution caused by bad wooden poles, stressing that banning the use of wooden poles is one of the first things the agency will do in 2016.

He said, “I want to tell you there are some bad installation practices in this country. We are going to make sure that we outlaw some of them. I will give you one; you will find out that we have what we call firewood type of wooden poles.

“Today in Nigeria, there is no where you have good factory producing good, well treated poles. The simple reason is that these unscrupulous wooden pole producers produce poles that are cheap, because they have not been treated; there are procedures of treating wooden poles.

“So we are going to outlaw the use of wooden poles in 2016. It will be one of the first things we are going to do, because bad wooden poles have caused a lot of accidents in the power sector.”

He added that NEMSA is intensifying collaboration with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON; the Consumer Protection Council, CPC, and other relevant agencies to ensure that defective electrical equipment do not find their way into the country.

According to him, electrical accidents could be reduced to the barest minimum if practices are done according to the rule, and also meet international best practices.

He added that the agency would ensure that any new project to be embarked upon this year must meet international best practices, in terms of design and specifications as well as planning and execution.

Ewesor insisted that the maintenance of such projects is sustainable, while the agency also planned to create a platform that would enable every Nigerian to easily report any impending danger through easy information to NEMSA.

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