ABUJA – The Minister of Power Engr. Sale Mamman has revealed that one of the major problems constraining the efficient transmission and distribution of electricity in the country is the preponderance of poor or obsolete equipment in the power sector.
The Minister made this known when he Received the National Executive Members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, in Abuja.
The Minister appealed to the Society not to grant certification for any equipment imported or installed on any project except they met the required standard, also to make innovations or designs for various engineering activities as a way of establishing their own standard.
Engineer Mamman maintained that the country has continued to rely on foreign designs because the country’s Engineers have not established their own.
The Minister assured them that the Ministry of Power will collaborate with the Nigerian Society of Engineers in its efforts to improve power generation, transmission and distribution in the country.
Earlier, the President of the society, Engineer Babagana Mohammed disclosed that in view of the lingering epileptic power supply in the country, the NSE has constituted an Ad-Hoc committee to carry out a holistic study and assessment of the problems associated with generation, transmission and distribution of Power in Nigeria.
He said the initiative was meant to compliment the efforts of government to truthfully revitalize the energy sector.
Engineer Babagana Mohammed emphasized that the Nigerian Society of Engineers and the Federal Ministry of Power have a collective duty and inescapable responsibility to provide lasting solutions to the power supply problem in Nigeria.
He used the occasion to intimate the Minister on some of the activities of the society, which includes, the offer of five years scholarships to some secondary school students to the tune of sixteen million naira and donation of ten million naira to the Federal Government through the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control in support of the Covid-19 pandemic.