ADDRESS BY THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF POWER, WORKS AND
HOUSING, BABATUNDE RAJI FASHOLA, SAN,
AT THE OCCASION OF FLAG-OFF EVENT OF
REVALIDATION/CERTIFICATION OF ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION
CONTRACTORS IN NIGERIA
JULY 26, 2016
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Todayâ€™s event is more than a programme of revalidation/certification of
Electrical Installation Contractors in Nigeria.
It is a restatement of our commitment to standard and best practices in the
power sector. It is a commitment to our people that their interest is paramount
to us. With this certification and revalidation exercise, we are assuring the
citizens of this great country that their safety and that of their property will not
Often times, we tend to see the power sector in terms of only generation,
transmission and distribution. However, an important component of the
industry is the quality of electrical equipment as well as qualification of those
responsible for our electrical installations.
I must therefore commend the Nigerian Electricity Management Services
Agency (NEMSA) for the strategic role it is playing in this regard.
As we heard in the course of Engineer Ewesorâ€™s Welcome Address, NEMSA
was primarily established by the Nigerian Electricity Management Services
Agency Act of 2015 to carry out Enforcement of Technical Standards and
Regulation, Technical Inspection, Testing and Certification of all categories of
electrical installation/power systems, electricity meters and instruments etc. to
ensure the efficient production and delivery of safe, reliable and sustainable
electricity supply and guarantee safety of lives and property in the Nigerian
Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) and other allied industries/workplaces.
Arising from the provisions of the Act, it becomes expedient on NEMSA to
intensify its effort in ensuring the issuance of certificates to electrical
installation contractors working in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry
(NESI) and other allied industries/workplaces in line with international best
This will promote and increase technical capacity of the electrical installation
contractors to guarantee safety of workmen, lives and property in the industry.
The overall objective of the certification is to ensure that only skilled,
experienced and competent professionals engage in the business of electrical
installation work in the country. The role of NEMSA, therefore, becomes
critical in NESI to stamp out sharp and unethical practices hitherto engaged in
by uncertified electrical installation contractors. This will guarantee safety,
security, reliability and quality of service at all points of the electricity supply
value chain. The task of sanitizing the industry in terms of safety and
standards should therefore be a collective responsibility of all stakeholders,
with NEMSA driving the process.
We are all aware that, until recently, there had not been any practical
substantial new investments made in the Generation, Transmission and
Distribution networks in Nigeria. NESI had thus suffered serious investment
neglect in new infrastructure in transmission and distribution networks, and
other electrical installations, with the attendant repercussion of obsolete power
facilities, the quality of which can no longer sustain steady power supply and
safety of lives and property.
As we make efforts towards achieving incremental, stable and uninterrupted
power supply in the country, the functions and responsibilities of NEMSA
become even more critical to the industry.
It is important to state that when we eventually achieve regular and
uninterrupted power supply, the state of our networks will play a crucial and
significant role in ensuring the uninterrupted power supply to Nigerians. If
networks collapse as a result of poor workmanship, construction and
installation of our networks, then uninterrupted power supply will be seriously
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, we must therefore insist on the best
quality and demand for full value in the power sector. The era of substandard
products, and the period of â€˜managingâ€™ electrical installation is gone for good.
With todayâ€™s programme of revalidation/certification of electrical installation
contractors, Nigerians will no longer accept bad poles. Our people will not
accept poor materials and poor workmanship. Nigerians must get value for
their hard-earned money.
I therefore wish to state in unequivocal terms that government will no longer
condone substandard electrical installations and use of substandard electrical
materials and equipment within our networks. The life of every single Nigerian
is important to us.
It is our responsibility to ensure that our people do not lose their lives and
properties due to someoneâ€™s negligence and poor judgment.
By institutionalizing certification as a core component of our power industry,
the Government is making a definitive statement of its readiness to apply and
implement all relevant legal instruments in this regard.
Certification as Electrical installation contractors is therefore not a right. It is a
privilege and being a privilege it is subject to professionalism, competence
and good standing. It follows therefore that the certificate could be withdrawn
where the holder is adjudged to be incompetent or negligent.
In addition to having their certificates withdrawn, such professionals will also
be reported to their professional institutes for necessary sanctions to be
Where the misconduct also constitutes a criminal offence, the affected
contractor will be liable to prosecution under relevant legislation. For instance,
it is a criminal offence, punishable with a term of imprisonment under the
Criminal Code for a person to cause harm to another person by failing to do
any act, or omit to do any act which it is his duty to do. In effect, a contractor
who causes harm to a person as a result of his failure to do his duty is
therefore liable to be prosecuted for his negligence.
Let me conclude by reminding us that safety is our collective responsibility. As
citizens, it is our responsibility to ensure that we engage and employ only
electrical installation contractors certified by NEMSA.
As Government, through NEMSA, we are committed to ensuring that electrical
installations in NESI and other workplaces in Nigeria are handled by only
qualified and certified electrical personnel.
I am convinced that this will go a long way towards ensuring stable networks,
quality electrical installations in residential, commercial and industrial
premises to deliver safe, regular and uninterrupted power supply to Nigerians
and safety of lives and property at all times.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, on this note, it is my singular honour to
flag-off the National Certification of Electrical Installation Contractors in
Thank you very much for your attention.
Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN
Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing
July 26, 2016