In West Africa, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to ensure strict adherence to safety and reliability standards across generation, transmission, distribution and consumption of power in the country.
The MoU, which was signed by NERC CEO Dr. Sam Amadi and director general of SON Dr. Joseph Odumodu, stipulates that the two organisations would collaborate to ensure compliance and enforcement of approved technical standards in Nigeria’s electricity sector, This Day Live reported.
Expanding the agreement
According to This Day Live, the joint partnership is expected to enforce government policies on standardisation of quality products, including sizes in the sector, and equally destroy substandard or defective goods that are found in the electricity sector.
The parties involved in the MoU also confirmed that they would maintain and promote the enforcement of already existing standards established by the SON specifically for the power sector.
Their commitment involves the arrangement of a six-man committee, which is made up of three members from each of the organisations to give effect to the objects of the MoU, media reported.
NERC, energy sector improving
Upon signing the MoU Amadi said that the country’s public electricity systems were starting to see improvements, which needed to be protected against anything that may hinder its performance.
Amadi said: “The law requires that we ensure electricity is safe, adequate and reliable. You cannot talk of reliability and safety without standard and SON is reputed for setting standard.
“We have areas of collaboration beyond signing of this MoU which has been going on for some years now. This MoU is to build on that collaborative effort.
He added: “We have been experiencing increase in electricity supply lately and we only hope that the trend will continue. We do not want to see the downside of that increase, we therefore need to set safety and reliability standards.”
Odumodu echoed that electricity usage in Nigeria should be accompanied with the highest adherence to safety and standards practices.
Odumodu said: “Nigerians living in Nigeria should be safe as any other person living in any other part of the world. We are not there yet but we shall get there. We are beginning to see the benefits of standardisation in the electricity supply industry.”