NERC, NiNAS hold workshop on power sector laboratory testing

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), collaborating with the Nigeria National Accreditation System (NiNAS), has held a training on competence requirements testing and calibration laboratories  ISO/IEC 17025:2017.

The three-day meeting held at the NERC headquarters had the theme: Understanding the application of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 in testing laboratories in electricity generation and distribution value chain.

In his welcome remarks at the opening ceremony, the Commissioner, Engineering, Performance and Monitoring at NERC, Engr. Chidi Ike, stated that the Commission was raising the bar on the standards of meter testing laboratories.

Engr. Ike said: We have all the instruments that have empowered us to do what we should do in terms of making sure that the laboratories that are used in testing meters are of the right standards and specifications. But we havent been doing it, we want to start doing it.

So, weve have gathered here people that are more concerned about this activity; people that will gain more from this interaction with NiNAS for these three days, the Commissioner noted.

Also speaking, the Director General, Nigeria National Accreditation System (NiNAS), Mr Celestine Okanya, believed the collaboration would further improve practice of accreditation and laboratory standards monitoring for the Commission.

The workshop we are doing today for me, apart from just discussing ISO/IEC 17025:2017 in testing laboratories in electricity generation and distribution value chain, is also an opportunity to look at the core perspectives which we know that NERC can benefit from our accreditation services to help you to work better, stated Mr Okanya.

The training availed the participants from NERC the opportunity to share knowledge with the team from NiNAS about laboratory testing and other engineering standards in the power sector value chain.

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