The National Power Training Institute of Nigeria, NAPTIN, says it plans to train young Nigerians desirous of seeking careers in the power sector.
Acting Director General of NAPTIN, Mr. Ahmed Nagode, who stated this, said beneficiaries will go through skills acquisition training in skills that are in high demand in the power sector, including distribution substation operation, cable jointing, lines maintenance and electrical fitting.
Nagode disclosed this as he announced the commencement of training of 300 engineers of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN. A two-week training of the first batch of TCN workers was flagged off in Lagos recently with TCN workers from Nigeria’s six geo-political zones represented.
The institute will also be training 203 staff from power distribution companies in Nigeria and 42 workers from Ghana’s Volta River Authority/Gridco.
NAPTIN is conducting the training under an international collaboration with the Association of Power Utilities of Africa, APUA.
“We are privileged to be the only APUA centre of excellence in the whole of English speaking West Africa.
“This feat was achieved as a result of NAPTIN meeting the requirements of APUA for admission into the African Network of Centre of Excellence in Electricity (ANCEE) culminating in an MOU with APUA whose dividend we are witnessing today”, he said.
The NAPTIN boss said that the initiative will not only lead to enhancement of the capacity and competency of the manpower of the affected utilities but also transform into improvement in the delivery of electricity to the countries.
According to him, the initiative will also serve as a means of generating foreign exchange to the nation because the contract with APUA is in Euro currency, to be paid into the government’s Treasury Single Account, TSA.