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Foreigners shouldn’t dominate local meter production —EMS

The Managing Director, Electricity Management Service Limited, Mr. Peter Ewesor, has warned against allowing foreigners to dominate local manufacturing of electricity pre-paid meters.

He said this was an area where some Nigerian had already developed capacity and as such should be supported in order to enhance their growth.

The EMS was incorporated as a government-owned limited liability company under the Ministry of Power as provided for by the Nigerian Electricity Power Sector Reform Act 2005.

Ewesor, who led the company on a visit to some electricity manufacturing companies in Lagos, said, “No meter imported into the country will be allowed to go straight into installation without passing through the test for validation.

“There is need for distribution companies to promote indigenous meter manufacturing companies. We should not allow foreigners to take over our local market in meter manufacturing.’’

He also urged the indigenous electricity equipment manufacturers to provide quality products.

Ewesor said the essence of the visit was to create a synergy between indigenous electricity equipment manufacturers and the two electricity distribution companies operating in Lagos.

This, he said, was part of the ways to stabilise power supply and engender the use of quality equipment in their operations.

Ewesor said the company was saddled with the responsibility of ensuring the use of quality equipment by the electricity distribution companies in Nigeria.

He said the EMS was established in response to the need to have a professional and technical agency of government at this crucial stage of the power sector reform to close up the technical gaps.

Ewesor said the EMS must be able to provide the needed services to drive support and sustain the emerging private sector-led electricity industry in Nigeria.

He said, “The mandate of the company, according to the minister, includes providing all needed ancillary and support services to the Nigerian electricity supply industry, which include engineering laboratory, meter test stations, central stores system as well as testing and certification of major electrical equipment.

“Other activities include providing the platform for standardisation in the industry, archiving the power sector data and information management,’’ he added.

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