President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday approved the establishment of Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency, NEMSA, by signing the Act establishing it into law.
Sponsored by the Chairmen, Senate and House
of Reps Committees on Power Philip Aduda and Ikhariale Patrick, respectively, the NEMSA Act was one of the bills passed by the two chambers but has been awaiting the node of Mr. President.
While acknowledging the importance of the Act, Nigerian electricity consumers under the auspices of Nigeria Consumer Protection Network described it as a milestone and laudable.
President of the group, Kunle Kola Olubiyo Esq. applauded the efforts of the President, Legislatures, Legislative Bureaucrats and Critical Stakeholders in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, NESI for the achievement.
After the Presidential assent, NEMSA Act, 2015 took effect from Tuesday 26th of May, 2015. It is expected to scale up the Technical Regulatory (TR) Regime in the Power Sector viz, Pre-testing; Inspection of Electrical equipment for grid; Certification; Meter Testing; Monitoring and Evaluation of all equipment / electrical materials before they are used on the Nigerian Grid Value Chain.
According to Olubiyo, “With this development, the NEMSA ACT, 2015 is expected to reduce to the barest minimum level all manners of impunity and dumping of sub-standard electrical materials in Nigeria and all forms of technical operational gaps prevalent in Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry, NESI.”
NEMSA is to take over the activities of Inspectorate
Department of the Federal Ministry of Power, Meter Test Station and all other functions of the Electricity Management Services Limited, EMSL an incorporated organ of Government with existing staff/operational logistics and technical expertise in 20 states of the Federation.

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