Lagos, March 14, 2019 The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) on Thursday in Lagos called for the use of the right cables in industrial and residential areas to avert building fire and other accidents in the nation.
The society made the call at a one day workshop, tagged “Effective Selection and Wiring for Residential and Industrial Purposes”, organised by the Apapa branch of NSE in Ijora.
The participants discussed measurements, measures, technology and skills to be deployed for safe wiring as well as addressing issues of counterfeiting of cables.
Mr Michael Awe, one of the guest speakers, while delivering his lecture said that choosing the right cable was important because someone must pay for the errors made during installation.
“Whenever you commit an error during wiring either in residential or industrial areas, somebody somewhere will pay.
“No matter how big or magnificent a building is, wrong electrical connection can raze it down,” he said.
Awe explained that electrical engineers must be careful not to undersize or oversize cables to avert disasters.
He listed factors for choosing the right cables to include temperature, distance, current carrying capacity, voltage and the environment for installation.
“Cable selection is very important. Whatever radius chosen should not hamper the performance of the cables,” he said.
Awe advised engineers to take issue of sizing of cables as priority, adding that aluminium cables would not do well in the environment that require copper.
Mr Peter Igwe, General Manager, Cometstar Manufacturing Company Ltd., said in his lecture that the firm hit the market in 2016 to address the problem of quality of cables.
He raised alarm on counterfeiting of cables and educated engineers on how not to fall victim of huge number of substandard cables flooding the nation’s market.
He said that the firm had been at the forefront of ensuring distribution of certified cables which were fire retardent and was collaborating with the NSE and other regulatory agencies to ensure use of the right cables in Nigeria.
He urged engineers to also watch out for the mechanical strength of cables and put adequate protection around installation to avert accidents as well as damage to cables due to human activities.
“The load carrying capacity of cables is very important,” he said.
He used the opportunity to educate the engineers on the use of high tension cables, underground cables, communication cables and other cable varieties.
Mr Sunny Ejeje, Chairman of the Apapa branch of NSE, while speaking noted the need for constant learning through workshops.
He said that the NSE had an industrial visit that revealed the enormity of the problems of counterfeiting.
“You will discover fire disasters everywhere from air-conditioners and others and we got concerned, are our cables no more efficient?
“So, we organised this workshop to address this problem from Alaba International Market to other stakeholders.
“If we go to the right sources to buy cables, the people producing fake will not sell,” he said.