Licensed electrical contractors denounce high rate of quackery

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By Constance Athekame

The Licensed Electrical Contractors Association of Nigeria (LECAN) has called on the Federal Government to ensure that all electrical contractors register with the association to check the high rate of quackery.

The Executive Chairman of LECAN, FCT Section, Mr. Goddy Mba made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday.

Mba said the issue of quackery had been a very big problem in the electricity industry, but members of the association were doing their best to fail.

He said the only way for the government to reduce quackery in the electricity sector was to ensure that every electrical contractor certified by the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) is obliged to register with LECAN.

Mba said that NEMSA is responsible for licensing contractors so that they can practice by giving a certificate of competency.

According to him, the reason contractors register with the association is to ensure they are monitored to avoid the use of substandard materials.

He said there were NEMSA approved contractors who were not part of the association and were also causing a lot of trouble in the industry.

“Electricity is an important aspect of our lives in Nigeria, so the government should help us by ensuring that every electrical contractor certified by NEMSA is required to register with LECAN so that we can monitor them.

“If the government can help us ask contractors to register with LECAN, when they do bad work in the network, we can track them to make sure the right thing is done.

“We have a security team that checks the work done by our employees to make sure they are doing the right thing,” he said.

Mba said another way for the government to help the association was to tie them to NEMSA and give them the power to go to sites with security guards like all other associations.

“The government should give us the power to go out into the field to find out who is doing illegal and sub-standard work in the performance of their contracts because if they are in question we can fish them out.

“We also need the government to help us to be like the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) and the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) even if you are a lawyer or a doctor you can only practice if you are registered.

“We have a monitoring team that looks to see if the people who are performing the electrical are certified by NEMSA to do this work.”

The president said there was a law that NEMSA had in place which states that no one should be seen on the premises carrying out electrical installation work without registration.

“It states that if such a person is arrested, he will be brought to justice and if found guilty, he will have to pay 500,000 naira or three years in prison.

“Alone we are doing our best, but more needs to be done because there are many illegal electrical contractors,” he said. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

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Edited by Isaac Aregbesola

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