Govt to ban concrete poles import
The Managing Director, Electricity Management Service Limited (EMSL), Peter Ewesor, has said the Federal Government would ban the importation of some electric equipment, such as concrete poles that can be manufactured locally.
Speaking with The Nation in Abuja, he said the agency was already monitoring and giving proper guidance to the companies to ensure the production of quality poles for the power sector.
He said the need to improve the quality of electric concrete poles in the industry was informed by the determination of the EMSL to reduce the down time which is always the consequence of damaged poles.
He said: “There are equipment that can be manufactured locally. The raw materials are there and we are trying to make it mandatory that those kinds of materials are done locally.
“For example, electric concrete poles. I do not expect anybody to go and bring electric concrete poles into the country. But before now, people got electric poles manufactured and bring into the the country. It is not reasonable to say at this time of our development that somebody is manufacturing electric concrete poles outside the country.
“But what we are doing is that we are giving electric poles manufacturers proper monitoring proper guidance to make sure they are able to produce the right type and the right quality of electric concrete poles that would actually stand the test of time.”
He said in collaboration with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria ( SON), the EMSL would soon publish the National Electric Concrete Pole Manufacturers Directory.
According to him, the directory would be a list of the firms that are qualified to produce electric poles.
He said: “In collaboration with SON, we at EMSL, are going to publish very soon National Electric Concrete Pole Manufacturer Directory. “This will give the list of people who are qualified to produce poles. You are qualified as long as you maintain the standard that was approved for you.”
Ewesor said EMSL was also saddled with issuing workmen in the industry-electricians, technicians, technologists, electric contractors certificate of competence for them to operate.
Explaining that the operation of the EMSL can save the government a lot of losses, Ewesor recalled that there was a particular supplier, who was asked to supply a 500KV transformer that supplied a 300KV transformer.
Had the agency not detected the fraud, he said, the supplier would have shortchanged the consumers and government since the transformer can only carry 300KV load.