National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) has commenced training of 300 engineers of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) under the international collaboration with the Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA).
The first batch of 106 began a two-week training in Lagos with the six geo-political zones of the TCN regional workers represented.
Mr Ahmed Nagode, the Acting Director General of NAPTIN, urged the trainees to make best use of the opportunity by ensuring that they achieved the objectives of the training.
Nagode said the training would make the participants better industry players and also guarantee their safety at work.
He commended the participants for their understanding and readiness to learn.
According to him, under the collaboration NAPTIN will train 545 staff of power utilities in Nigeria and Ghana with TCN constituting 300 and Distribution Companies, 203, while VRA/Gridco Ghana will have 42.
“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 an MOU with APUA whose dividend we are witnessing today,’’ he said.
Nagode said the initiative would lead to enhancement of the capacity and competence of the manpower of the utilities and improvement in service delivery.
He said that the initiative would also serve as a means of generating foreign exchange for the country.
He said the training programme would be in batches in order not to unsettle the smooth and scheduled operations of the utilities.
“The first batch of 106 which we have started this week is of two trades, namely Transformer and Switch Gears Maintenance with 60 trainees and this is taking place here in Lagos,’’ Nagode said.
He added that “the Power System Protection training of 46 staff is holding simultaneously in our Kainji Regional Training Centre, New Bussa Niger.’’
Nagode acknowledged the Managing Director of TCN, Mr Usman Mohammed, for his invaluable support and belief in NAPTIN.
He said Mohammed had demonstrated uncommon professionalism and leadership in his role as the Chairman of West African Power Pool (WAPP).
“ This has enhanced the on-going WAPP initiative of developing a business model for NAPTIN Kainji as Regional Centre of Excellence,’’ he said.
Nagode said NAPTIN would train young Nigerians who wanted to make a career in the power sector, during the year.
He listed some of the areas of training as Distribution Substation Operation, Cable Jointing, Lines Maintenance and Electrical Fitting as well as Solar PV Installation and Maintenance.
“We have just concluded a training collaboration with WINROCK, under the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programme sponsored by USAID,’’ Nagode added.
In his remark, Mohammed, said the training would translate to best opportunities for staff in delivering effective services to the public.
Muhammed, represented by Mr Ifeanyi Ezeukwu, Executive Director, Human Resources of TCN, said “ for a long while now we have not trained this level of engineers of various offices.
“But with the support of APUA and NAPTIN we are now able to train them to impact the industry and network’’.
He added, “at the end of the day we will be able to deliver power for Nigerians and reduce the level of restiveness in rural areas.’’
One of the trainees, Mr Nasiru Aliyu from TCN Kaduna region commended the management of TCN and NAPTIN for the training, adding that it would impact positively on their operations.