NERC wants NAPTIN to extend specialised training programmes

09 December 2014, Abuja – The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has asked the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) to extend its training ventures in Nigeria’s Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) to help build capacities in risk engineering and electricity financial experts.

Chairman of NERC, Dr. Sam Amadi in his remarks at the recent presentation of certificates of completion to 310 engineers that were trained in the 2013 phase of NAPTIN’s Graduate Skills Development Programme (NGSDP), stated that NESI at this stage of its development will need such specialised personnel to man critical aspects of its operations.

NERC Chairman, Dr. Sam Amadi

Dr Amadi

While financial experts in power projects are mostly concerned with dealing with complex details of funding for power project, risk engineers on the other hand seek to apply engineering methodologies to risk managements in engineering endeavours like the electricity industry. Such expertise impacts on the cash flow for engineering projects in such a way that potential failures that may have negative impacts as a part of deficiencies or flaws in project design are identified and addressed.

Amadi noted that since development partners in Nigeria’s power sector have identified and supported NAPTIN’s programmes, it would be an added advantage for the institute to consider incorporating both specialised trainings into its future curriculum, in line with changes in this digitalised world.

With its certification of the 310 engineers, NAPTIN had in two years cumulatively certified 553 engineers for Nigeria’s power sector. The first batch of students in the NGSDP were inducted in 2012.

Director General of NAPTIN, Reuben Okeke had noted in his declaration of the second batch engineers certified by it in Abuja, that the agency had 243 graduates in the first batch, while the current 310 were certified to add to augment the aging workforce in the now private-led power sector.

Okeke who gave the scorecard of the present graduates said: “At the end of the current session, 199 out of the 285 came out in ‘Pass’ grade; nine got ‘Satisfactory’ grade while 30 trainees will not be graduated as they have failed to satisfy the requirements.”
He however added that the failed graduands will be given certificates of completion but didn’t state if such certificate will be allowed to earn them job placements in the sector.

Okeke also said that the NGDSP has 380 graduates in its current session and that the federal government has opted to sponsor additional 150 participants.

Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo who presented the certificates to the graduates said that it was good that the sector is having more workforce. He said with the increasing capacity, the over 17000 skilled capacity needed will be achieved shortly.

The NGDSP is also recognised by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), whose president, Kashim Ali said that 500,000 trained personnel ‎would be required to man the 20,000 megawatts (MW) capacity the country seeks to attain in future.

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