The National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) and Schneider Electric have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to bridge the huge manpower shortage in the power sector.
Under the conditions of the agreement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Mr. Godknows Igali and Country President of Schneider Electric, Mr. Marcel Hotchet, the latter is expected to provide specialised training courses to NAPTIN trainers who would in turn train other employees.
The global energy specialist is also required to facilitate the delivery of practical trainings on deployment of consumables including cables and wires and low medium voltage power management systems at the institute’s facility in Abuja.
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Abuja, Hotchet said the agreement symbolised its training commitment to both the federal government and stakeholders in the sector and the needed local content and capacity development.
He expressed the company’s readiness to provide sustainable capacity development platforms for accelerated growth of the power sector through more public private partnerships.
There had been immense skills shortage in the aftermath of the recent power privatisation programme of the federal government as new investors grapple to close the skills gap.
Besides, the sector is believed to have an untrained manpower whose efforts had variously been linked to some of the fire incidences relating to electricity.
Essentially, the MoU would significantly impact on the ability of government to deliver on its power commitment and raise skilled technical resources as well as reduce unemployment in the country.
The Director General, NAPTIN, Mr. Reuben Okeke, while commending Schneider for its leadership initiative to boost the technical manpower needed to match infrastructural expansion, said the collaboration was timely in order to sustain the recent gains in the sector.
He added that the partnership was inline with the institute’s vision of becoming a lead training center of excellence through developing and implementation of state- of- the- art training facility.
He said having skilled resources would minimize the use of substandard materials and quacks to wiring activities thereby reducing fire incidence in housing adding that over 600 engineers were currently enrolled in the institute.