Fire: Agency warns Nasarawa residents against using substandard electrical materials



Mr Abubakar Ango, the General Manager of Nasarawa Energy Power Agency (NaEPA), has warned residents of the state to stop buying and using substandard electrical materials so as to prevent fire outbreaks.


Ango gave the warning while speaking with the Nigeria News Agency in Lafia on Thursday.


He said that some fire outbreaks were caused by the use of substandard electrical materials by the public.


Ango said that the agency had taken as its priority the need to enlighten the public on the importance of buying standard electrical materials that were commensurate with the current from power stations.


He explained that the state government set up the agency in 2018 to coordinate its electricity generation, transmission, distribution and sales.


Ango also advised the public to stop patronising quacks for their electrical installations.


He said that doing that would put them at a huge risk.


He said that the public should engage the services of skilled technicians and endeavour to use standard materials.


He said that this is because there are so many fake materials in the market now.


“If you are not experienced, you will not know the differences between the genuine and fake electrical materials.


“We emphasise on these steps to be taken by the public because electrical hazards are very dangerous.


“It takes only minutes for properties worth millions to be destroyed when there is a fire outbreak.


“So, I advise residents to patronise skilled technicians because they have the knowledge to differentiate between standard and substandard electrical materials,” he said.



“We requested to go for a licence and the state government graciously approved the move. We went, sat for the examinations and succeeded in getting it.


“Today, the agency has a licence to practise and it is the first of its kind in the country.



“Unlike in other places, the state immediately facilitated land space for the project so that the residents in parts of the state can enjoy more power supply,” Ango said.


He said that the agency with the support of government was already collaborating with relevant federal and private energy companies to boost power supply in the state.


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