The National Power Training Institute of Nigeria has begun the training of workers of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, as part of its programme to train 545 electricity employees of power utilities in Nigeria and Ghana.
The Acting Director-General, NAPTIN, Ahmed Nagode, said 300 TCN personnel would be trained under the international collaboration with the Association of Power Utilities of Africa.
Nagode stated this at the opening ceremony of the technical/non-technical training of workers of the Transmission Company of Nigeria on Wednesday at NAPTIN regional training centre in Lagos.
He said, “We are privileged to be the only APUA Centre of Excellence in the whole of English speaking West Africa. This feat was achieved because NAPTIN met the requirements of APUA for admission into the African Network of Centre of Excellence in Electricity, culminating in a Memorandum of Understanding with APUA whose dividend we are witnessing today.”
He said under the collaboration, NAPTIN would also train 203 electricity workers from distribution companies in Nigeria, and 42 from Volta River Authority/Gridco Ghana.
“This initiative will not only lead to enhancement of the capacity and competency of the manpower of these utilities, but also transform into improvement in the delivery of electricity to the countries and serve as a mean of generating foreign exchange to the nation because this contract with APUA is in euro currency and being paid to our TSA account,” Nagode said.
According to him, the training programme is being implemented in batches in order not to unsettle the smooth and scheduled operations of the utilities.
He said, “The first batch of 106, which we started this week, is of two trades, namely: transformer and switch gears maintenance with 60 trainees, and this is taking place here in Lagos; while the power system protection training of 46 staff members is holding simultaneously in our Kainji Regional Training Centre, New Bussa, Niger State.
“Our venture into regional and international partnership is in fulfilment of our target under the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing’s Medium-Term Sector Strategy goals, well articulated under the leadership of our Minister, Babatunde Fashola.”
Nagode commended the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Usman Muhammed, for his support and belief in NAPTIN, saying, “He has equally demonstrated an uncommon professionalism and leadership in his role as the chairman of West African Power Pool by ensuring that NAPTIN takes it rightful and well-deserved place in the capacity building initiative of the regional body.”
He said NAPTIN had keyed into the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s initiative of job creation for teeming Nigerian youths, adding that young Nigerians seeking to develop career in the power sector would be trained this year in distribution substation operation, cable jointing, lines maintenance and electrical fitting.
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