NAPTIN Trains 36 Liberian Electricity Workers

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The National Power Training Institute of Nigeria has commenced a training programme for 36 Liberian electricity workers on power generation, transmission and distribution as well as the commercial segment of the value chain.

NAPTIN said the four-week training of the Liberian Electricity Corporation workers was sponsored by West African Power Pool and funded by the United States Agency for International Development.

The Acting Director General, NAPTIN, Alhaji Ahmed Nagode, said the institute and WAPP had come together to help grow technical skills of the LEC personnel, adding that the trainees would use the acquired knowledge to resolve their nation’s power challenges.

 “This programme is designed to train the LEC staff for two weeks. It is aimed at promoting West African countries’ integration on power sector training and to share experiences. Leveraging on the strength of one another through proper synergy has proven to be a catalyst for growth and development,” he said at the inauguration of the first batch of the trainees in Lagos.

He said the course was designed in three models with 18 of the workers to be trained at NAPTIN Regional Training Centre in Ijora, Lagos, while the others would be trained at Kanji Dam.

Nagode said, “The objective of the training is to improve their capacity on electricity generation, distribution and transmission network. It will also increase their capacity in effective power supply and revenue collection.”

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for its power sector recovery plan aimed at ensuring incremental and uninterrupted power in the country.

Nagode said,” Today’s event can be perceived in a sense as part of our contributions in fulfilling the Medium-Term Sector Strategy objectives of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.

“We in NAPTIN are committed to building a formidable, vibrant, efficient and effective workforce for the power sector in Nigeria and beyond, and will continue to explore every strategic opportunity to achieve this, especially towards the actualisation of the government’s initiative of delivering incremental, stable and uninterrupted power to all Nigeria.”

The Director, Training Programmes, NAPTIN, Mr. Francis Elughi, said the courses would include power distribution maintenance and repairs, power transmission network, substations operation maintenance, and commercial operations (metering, sales invoicing, customer relations and accounting).

Source: IWIN

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