Power institute sets new rules to battle quacks

Power institute sets new rules to battle quacks

By Constance Athekame
The Chartered Institute of Power Engineers of Nigeria (CIPEN) said on Thursday that it would henceforth arrest and sanction quacks as part of measures to sanitise the power sector.

President of the institute, Israel Abraham, issued the threat at the inauguration of the institute and its governing council in Abuja.

Abraham said there was an urgent need to sanitise the power sector and as such, punitive measures must be adopted to save it from collapse.

“We will soon set a deadline for people in the sector to be certified because the institute has the onerous mandate to professionally drive the Nigerian power sector’s efforts towards realising the Nigerian Electric Power dream,” he said.

Abraham said the institute’s deliverables were premised on its 10 Technical Study Guide (TSG) which would be supported by statutory committees chaired by industry experts or academics.

“The institute controls, regulates and determines the standard of knowledge and skills to be attained by people seeking to be Chartered Power Engineers and for persons seeking to become members of the power engineering profession and related matters.

“This implies that the institute is a specialised body for engineering professionals in the Nigerian power sector, its value chain and allied services.

“CIPEN is not entirely a new body being unveiled today; it has a long history dating back to 2009 when the idea was to get the Nigerian government to recognise the peculiarity of the sector and the need to get it managed for maximum efficiency.

“By 2016, the body had succeeded in having a formal presence as the Nigerian Institution of Power Engineers (NIPE) and affiliated with the Nigerian Society of Engineers.

“In 2020, the body was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission and proceeded to the Nigerian National Assembly to get Chartered status, which eventually became a reality this year, 2023,” Abraham said.

He assured that there would not be any conflict of interest between CIPEN and the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA), as both institutions would collaborate and work for the betterment of the power sector.

The CIPEN president said that the power had become a complex, delicate and expansive industry that requires varied expertise at each value chain, from the upstream feedstock processing and delivery through distribution customer care.

Leaders of the Chartered Institute of Power Engineers of Nigeria (CIPEN), taking their oath of office

Earlier, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, represented by Rep.

Sani Bala, said that practitioners themselves were the major challenge of the power sector.

“We discovered that practitioners themselves were the problem; we then agreed that one of the ways of holding persons accountable for poor and substandard installations in the sector is to put in place a statutory regulation of the conduct of the practitioners.

“Of course, someone somewhere ought to take responsibility for their actions, particularly unethical practices that are capable of leading to power surges and even accidents or sabotage.

“The CIPEN Bill came up at the time the National Assembly was considering the review of the Nigeria Electrical Power Sector Reform Act 2005.

“The timing was also in line with the decision of the House to review legislations relating to the power sector,” Abbas said.

Guest Speaker at the event, Engr.

Isa Musa, gave an in-depth analysis of challenges and professional solutions to the stunted growth of the country’s power sector urged CIPEN to accommodate the obvious paradigm change in the sector.

Musa also urged CIPEN to embrace the Renewable Energy Master Plan (REMP) prepared by the Energy Commission of Nigeria and use it as a guide for the development of all renewable energy sources in the country.

“States with abundant amounts of solar energy can now benefit fully from the Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) technology which is versatile and flexible.

“It is modular in nature with a variety of configurations, from 1w Led solar lamps to 50kw using solar dishes with engine systems.

“States that have wind speeds of about 3 meters per second and beyond can as well benefit from the wind energy to produce electricity in abundance.

“States with an abundance of gas may opt to use mini gas turbines to generate electricity,” he said.

Musa said that the Electricity Act 2023 had provided an opening for new entrants and participants in the power sector as new technologies would be used to generate electricity.



=========Edited by Emmanuel Afonne

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