The management of Sahara Power an affiliate of Sahara Group, a leading African energy conglomerate has restated its commitment to sustain its investment in human capital development in Nigeria’s power sector so as to ensure enhanced productivity and seamless skill transfer.
Mr. Kola Adesina, Managing Director, Sahara Power speaking at a strategy session tagged “Human Capital Development in Nigeria’s power Sector”, said that the programme would help address the gulf created by an ageing workforce in the sector. Industry experts say the dearth of young engineers and technical staff remains a huge challenge for the sector that needs about 50,000 young skilled engineers, craftsmen and fitters to replace the ageing workforce – according to a recent report released by the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN).
He also said that the positive outcomes from the firm’s Graduate Engineering Programme has set the foundation for increased funding to drive sundry capacity building initiatives in the organisation.
The Graduate Engineering Programme has 100 young graduate engineers spread across Egbin Power, IE and FIPL. These engineers are being trained by seasoned Nigerian and foreign professionals under the scheme which also involves local and overseas exchange programmes.
Adesina further said that Sahara Power‘s management had set aside substantial funds to drive a holistic human capital policy that will cater for the specific needs of all employees within the organisation.
He explained that the unfolding “people success story” at Sahara Power is predicated on strategic re-engineering and re-orientation activities designed to enhance capacity and efficiency. This is also backed by a change management process that has continued to fuel a performance driven culture among the legacy and new employees across the group.