As part of efforts to bridge the gap of professional manpower in the power sector especially in the metering sub sector, the President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engineer Adekunle Mokuolu recently commissioned the new Momas Metering School established by Nigeria’s leading indigenous Meter Manufacturing Company Momas Electricity Meters Manufacturing Company Limited (MEMMCOL) located in Mowe, Ogun State along the Lagos-Ibadan Express way, on Saturday, May 26, 2018.
The Momas Metering School is the first of its kind world-class training school in Nigeria to provide requisite training and practical exposure to eligible candidates in the areas of Meter Installation, Inspection as well as Repair & Maintenance. Speaking at the commissioning of the training school, the President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu described the school as a novel and a unique innovation to that would contribute immensely to training and capacity building for professionals in the metering sector.
“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 re-training 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,” Mokuolu said.
“Establishing a school like this goes to show that MEMMCOL is a master of its practice and it wants to institutionalize what it is doing for generations to come.” Mokuolu continued. “With the introduction of the new Meter Access Provider Regulations (MAP), Nigerians can not only access meters themselves but can now also get training on how to install and audit and maintain them, or they can now have more individuals to deliver these services professionally.”
Stating that the entire engineering industry is particularly impressed by the achievements and contributions of MEMMCOL to nation building through the establishment of the training school, which serves as a critical intervention in the Nigerian power sector, Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu gave the full endorsement and professional backing of the Nigerian Society of Engineers to the school. “This school can now use the logo of the society to endorse its certification,” Mokuolu said.
Explaining the rationale for establishing the school, the Chairman, Momas Electricity Meters Manufacturing Limited, Engineer Kola Balogun said, “This school comes as a result of the wide gap in the industry in terms of manpower requirement. You will discover that many people, after they finish school, they do not have the practical knowledge of how a meter can be installed, audited or prepared. This is why MEMMCOL had decided to take the bulls by the horn to establish an institution that would train the required manpower to fill this gap.
“Now that MAP is coming, this is an opportunity for many Nigerians to key into the vision of the government and for many Nigerians to benefit from it by getting trained. The school will be of immense benefit to young engineers, technicians and regular individuals who have passion for meter installation and such electrical executions,” Engr. Balogun said.
Speaking on the curriculum of the training school, the Chairman, Momas Electricity Meters Manufacturing Limited, Engineer Kola explained that the school is modelled in such a way that participants are subjected to rigorous practical based training for one month after which they would have to pass an examination verifying their knowledge and practical skills acquisition before they are issued certificates, such that when they get to the field they can deliver on any requirement of the job.
“Candidates who come to this school can be certified in any of the trainings we offer including Meter Installation, Meter Management System, Meter Vending, Meter Auditing, Cable Termination and Joints and Meter Repair and Maintenance. “We have invested a lot of resources in our people through training and retraining, some of our engineers here in MEMMCOL have been trained in India and in the United States of America at several Metering Schools to ensure they compete favourably with their counterparts anywhere in the world and we now want to ensure more young Nigeria’s can gain this training at the same standard here in Nigeria,” Engr. Balogun said.
In his reaction, the Chief Operating Officer, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, Engr. John Oladipo Ayodele recognized and appreciated the immense contributions and resilience of Engineer Balogun to put Nigeria in the global technology map and create employment opportunities for teeming Nigerian youths. He called on the federal government, concerned ministry, parastatals and agencies to give all necessary support for the company and the school to continue to add value.