By ABAH ADAH, Abuja
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) of the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA), Engr. Peter Ewesor, has said the connection of homes and other properties directly to a 33 kilovolts (kV) power line is illegal.
Ewesor made the observation in Abuja during the launch of a book he authored with the title:”Practical Electrical Systems Installation: Work and Practice (3rd edition)”, aimed at addressing risky behaviours in the electricity supply value chain.
The NEMSA boss maintained that such direct connection of homes and properties to 33KV power line poses great danger and affects the national power grid, according to reports.
Speaking to newsmen after the launch, he said: “I have been shouting about how one should not use 33kV lines for point load because of the consequences as it is supposed to carry power from the transmission substation to an injection substation and from there to a 11kV injection substation where they will now be feeding all of us in the downstream. It has been a big challenge because people don’t follow it.
“Many people did not know that Nigeria has its own regulations that guide electrical installations,” he said.
He however noted that schools refer to US and UK standards because of the little knowledge about the Nigerian standards, which he has tried to popularise in his book. Chairman of the occasion, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, commended the author for the book and recommended it to electrical engineers nationwide to improve standards in the power sector.
Represented by the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite, Amosun said, “This is a welcome development and I think more and more people should do it. So I recommend this book for all the people in the field.”
Reviewing the book, the Rector, National Institute of Construction Technology and Management, Prof. Sunday Onohaebi, said the book is useful to operators in the power sector especially at a time when Nigeria was grappling with how to improve electricity supply to Nigerians. “The book therefore will go a long way to promote electrical system and installation works in the country.”
The Chief Launcher and Chairman of Kaduna and Kano DisCos, Yusuf Hamisu Abubakar, got copies of the book for use in Kano and Kaduna DisCo, and the Kaduna Polytechnic.
Others who launched the book included the co-launcher and Chairman, Mojec International, Mojisola Abdul, Engr. (Dr) Kola Balogun , Chairman of Momas Electricity Meters Manufacturing Company Limited ( MEMMCOL )