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COREN Commends MOMAS Electricity, As Metering School Graduates 25 Installers

L-R - Engr. Adesanoye Olusola, Chairman of The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Mowe Branch, Col. Akeem Alabi; Group Chairman of MEMMCOL Group, Engr. Kola Balogun and National President, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Engr. Alli Rabiu, during the graduation ceremony of meter installers in MOMAS Factory, Mowe, Ogun State, on Tuesday

MOWE, OGUN STATE, NIGERIA - The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN),  has commended MOMAS Electricity Meters Manufacturing Company (MEMMCOL) for its immense contribution to the downstream power sector especially in helping to bridge the metering gap as Momas Metering School held its second graduation ceremony for the second set of 25 certified meter installers.

MEMMCOL, an indigenous meter manufacturing company, had today graduated the second batch of  a metering school as part of efforts to bridge the manpower gap in the metering subsector of the nation’s power sector.

The MOMAS  metering School campus is located at the Momas Factory, Orimerunmu, Mowe Ogun State, Nigeria.

The National President of COREN, Ali Rabui  in his remarks described the school as a unique innovation that would contribute immensely to capacity building for professionals in the metering space.

Ali Rabui expressed satisfaction with the quality of the training and the infrastructure put in place for the exercise.

Ali Rabui said: “I realized that they are a lot aside the training, they are also manufacturing prepaid meters and security equipment and gadgets.

``The quality of their output is comparable with anywhere in the world. 

"We have a responsibility as a council to develop and encourage national content in engineering and we will explore that aspect of law to see how we can support this laudable initiative.

“In terms of personnel needed to ensure successful implementation of MAP, I can say that we have them but we need more. And I believe MOMAS will help bridge that gap.

“I really want to salute the courage of the leadership and management of MEMMCOL for setting up this school because it is only the training and retraining of those who would manage and maintain any facility or infrastructure that underpins the hidden strength of the facility and guarantees that it delivers optimum value.

“Establishing a school like this goes to show that MEMMCOL is a master of its practice and it wants to institutionalise what it is doing for generations to come.

”With the introduction of the new Meter Assets Provider Regulations, Nigerians can access meters themselves and get training on how to install, audit and maintain them, or they can now have more individuals to deliver these services professionally."

The Group Chairman/CEO of MEMMCOL, Engr Kola Balogun, in his welcome address  decried the shortage of manpower needed to bridge the metering gap.

Engr Kola Balogun argued that adequate manpower deficiency is one of several factors responsible for the widening metering gap in Nigeria.

Engr Kola Balogun suggested that the company has taken the responsibility to train young Nigerians in various aspects of the power sector value chain to address the gaps in metering installation in Nigeria.

Engr Kola Balogun noted that the 25 students who graduated today will boost installing capacity of the Meter Assets Providers MAPs schemes, adding that  about 50 students were also graduated recently.

According to Engr Kola Balogun, “There are lots of manpower deficiencies in the power sector and we realized that we have the opportunity to pass on skills we have acquired over 30 years now.

``Our objective is to maximize the opportunity we have in the metering subsection of the power sector value chain by providing adequate and competent training to young graduates, undergraduates and school certificate holders that will be useful for the mass roll-out of meters under the government-backed Meter Asset Providers (MAP) scheme.

“The training we are organizing provides direct and indirect jobs to hundreds of youth who are being taken out of the street and engaged in productive activities. We realized that there is huge deficit in metering gap and meter installation.

``If the MAP scheme is well executed, we will need one million meter installers to install five million meters needed to fill the metering gap.”

Engr Kola Balogun admitted that cost of training may discourage some youths from taking up the opportunity and therefore called on the government to intervene by sponsoring the young ones to attend the training school.

Engr Kola Balogun added that: “We are emphasizing government intervention because most youths that are unemployed are struggling to pay for the training while most cannot afford the cost but they are willing to learn.

“We are also using the opportunity of mass rollout scheme of MAP to engage the youths and take them off the street. Our training and the curriculum is endorsed by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE).

“These bodies of engineers have come out with the scope of the curriculum and it was designed to accommodate everyone irrespective of your background, either science or not. We are able to pass the practical knowledge to them and they are able to install meters.

“We still have some setbacks on the implementation of MAP.

``Funding too is another challenge we are facing. Government's intervention is also required here by ensuring that indigenous meter manufacturers are patronized. 

"We want to explore MAP to put meters in every consumers' premises.

“Having realized that the metering gap now stands at about five million, we need at least one million meter installers to bridge the gap.

``Remember, by the time every household is installed, some meters may be due for replacement, servicing and repairs.

Oluwo Abraham, a representative of the grandaunts, commended MEMMCOL’s initiative towards training young Nigerians at all on human capacity development in all aspects of the power sector value-chain.

Oluwo Abraham who is the best graduating student urged the Federal Government (FG) to assist the young Nigerians towards human capacity development, adding that the training given by MEMMCOL was in line with the government and international best practices.

Oluwo Abraham said: ``The curium followed by our lecturers was enricher that that of the federal technical institution because it comprised of the NSE and COREN standard.

``We appeal to government to assist the company (MOMAS) to broaden the scope of the programme so that many Nigerian can benefit.

``We are helped in training to take up any power sector job and be a good ambassador in the power sector and also among the electric meter installers in Nigeria and beyond."

It would be recalled that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission recently released the MAP regulation, which seeks to bridge the metering gap in the nation’s electricity supply industry. The gap was put at 4,740,275 meters as of December 31, 2017.

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