Highly skilled technicians needed to grow power sector – FG
• As NAPTIN graduates 243
With most segments of the electricity sector now in private hands, the Federal Government at the weekend said that the nation needs highly skilled technicians to deepen the sector’s growth.
Minister of Power, Chinedu Nebo who spoke in Abuja at the graduation ceremony for 243 post graduate engineers trained by the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), said no nation can survive without a good supply technical workforce in the sector.
Nebo noted that with the influx of foreign companies into the sector and coming on stream of 10 NIPP projects, highly skilled critical mass of technicians is needed for the nation to achieve it power sector targets.
According to him, “Nigeria unfortunately at a time started moving backwards and there no country can develop without having a huge supply or reservoir of qualified, skillful workers in the technical fields.
“We need artisans, we need technicians, we need technologists and we need engineers. What is happening in the power sector will eventually dwarf everything we have seen in the telecom industry”.
While encouraging the young graduates to proof their worth in the field, he stressed that most of them would be in great demand as the sector develops.
Speaking earlier, Director General of NAPTIN, Reuben Okeke said the 12-month programme which started last year had over 1,530 engineering graduates applying for the training out of which 243 were picked.
He commended nine state governments which sponsored some of the graduates for seeing the future and investing the development of their indigenes.
Okeke explained that the success recorded in the NAPTIN Graduate Development Programme would increase the country’s capacity to grow the power sector and bring succour to Nigerians.
“For the graduands, today represents a dream come true. My heart swells with joy when I look out on the sea of faces and behold a mighty wind of hope, an unstoppable force for in a world needing light and hope”, he added.
A breakdown of the graduating engineers showed that 92 of them were trained in power generation, 79 in power transmission while 72 were trained in power distribution.