Nigeria: Huge skills gap exists in electricity industry – NERC

Sam Amadi, NERC12 December 2013, Abuja – The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has said that a huge gap exists in the area of technical, policy, administrative and management skills in the Nigerian electricity industry.

To close the gap, the commission’s chairman, Dr Sam Amadi, stated that all stakeholders need to formulate strategies that would help to accelerate the type of knowledge transfer the sector needs.

He said “We need to develop the core competencies of staff in the sector. Even people who believe they are proficient need to learn new things. Practices are evolving. We are talking about smart grids, renewable energy, conservation and energy efficiency as well as new technologies that keep changing.”

Speaking on the side-lines of a training course for staff of the electricity sector in Abuja, organised by the ESL Economics and Management Associates in collaboration with the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), with the theme ‘Theory and Application of Incentive Regulation,’ Amadi explained that the huge skills gap which cuts across all the agencies may be attributed to a lack of predictive planning for succession.

He said the electricity industry is knowledge-based and heavily regulated where issues on all aspects of the elements of the regulatory landscape keep changing, thus requiring continuous training and retraining for workers in the sector.

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