By Nkechi Isaac
The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) is set to partner with MOMAS Electricity Meters Manufacturing Company Limited on tackling the metering challenges in Nigeria’s power sector.
This consensus was reached when the executive vice chairman of NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Haruna led a delegation to the company’s head office in Ogun State.
In his remarks, Haruna said the NASENI was ready and committed to partnering with the company in areas of meter installation, training design, maintenance, amongst others.
“It is our mandate to collaborate with organisations like MOMAS Electricity Meters Manufacturing Company Limited for national development and job creation. The essence of the collaboration is to optimally bring resources together and build a better economy,” he noted.
In his response, the chairman, MOMAS Group, Engr. Kola Balogun, said NASENI’s achievements in the power sector will go a long way in stabilising the power supply, which is currently affected by failures in the country, even as he commended the agency for the production of smart pre-paid meters and training of Nigerian engineers in China on transformer production and high voltage testing.
“Collaborating with NASENI will make us learn a lot especially in infrastructural development, power sector development, production of military equipment and workshops that will ensure we build our economy and provide jobs for young Nigerians,” he stated.
He added that the organisation was able to establish a metering school to engage technicians and young engineers in the moulding and production of engineering equipment. He added that the whole idea of setting up a metering school in Nigeria was to produce and manufacture the products locally in the country.
A technical committee was set up to further identify areas of common interests towards a smooth partnership between the two organisations.
In a related development, NASENI and Bendorisk International Limited have also agreed to partner in the capacity-building of staff of Bendorisk in the production and assembly of meters. This agreement was reached when the agency led by its chief executive paid a visit to the newly established company which deals in meter assembly in Lagos State.
In his presentation after the guided tour of its facilities, Bendorisk’s managing director, Mr. Benjamin Ikiseh, explained the company’s mandate and capabilities in detail.
A statement by the special assistant on social media to the executive vice chairman, Peter Ewu, said Ikiseh also requested that NASENI may identify areas of possible partnership and collaboration that can help the company grow as well as its involvement in technical training of Bendorisk staff and maintenance of their machines.
Responding, Haruna said he was impressed with what he saw and said that NASENI would be interested in identifying possible areas of collaboration with Bendorisk.