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As Federal Government completes the privatisation of parts of the power sector, the National Power training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) yesterday graduated a total of 243 electrical engineering trainees through its Graduate Skills Development Programme, NGSDP.

Speaking at the occasion, the minister of power, Professor Chinedu Nebo, said the graduation was timely coming at the time Federal Government is completing its privatization of the power, stressing that grandaunts would fill the yarning skills gap in the sector. Nebo, who noted that electricity sector drives industrialisation, expressed optimism that the new graduates were going to vastly change the course of history in the nation’s power sector.

Nebo, who noted that capacity building is key to development of the power sector, recalled that federal government recently commissioned two power plants, and will soon will commission the remaining eight more of the National Integrated Power Project ,NIPP, stressing that all the plants would be manned by skilled engineers. “When I was invited by the Senate for screening as the minister of power, one of the things i said I would focus on was capacity building”, he said.

The Director General of NAPTIN, Mr. Reuben Okeke, said noted that NGSDP programme was conceived as a pro-reform initiative to build-up the professional level technical manpower required to match up with the infrastructural expansion in the power sector. “NAPTIN realised that the quick delivery of projects in the sector can only be completed by the availability of professional manpower in the sector if the reform process is to have the desired impact” he stated.

 

Information from National Mirror was used in this report.

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