Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has emphasised the importance of National Power Training Institute of Nigeria, NAPTIN, in the realisation of the target of the federal government to achieve 10,000mw by 2019.
Fashola said this during the graduating ceremony of National Power Training Institute, Abuja, yesterday.
According to him, “The target of 10,000mw by 2019 will not be realised except skilled man-power needs are addressed in the sector, that design, building of plant, its operation and maintenance can only be carried out by key skilled manpower.”
The minister called on the newly graduated trainees under its Graduate Skills Development Programme, GSDP, to brace up to this challenge by developing positive attitude that would enable them to be creative in solving the myriad of problems responsible for the lack of access to power by large majority of Nigerians.
Represented by the permanent secretary, Power, Mr. Louis Edozien, the minister while reacting to the charge to government by the key-note speech as delivered by Professor Omotayo Fahinlede, tagged ‘Short Term Strategies for Electricity Supply,’ said there would soon be executive actions on issues around renewable energy, the place of coal in Nigeria’s quest for robust energy mix, embedded generation, need for a workable training policy for NAPTIN and indeed the quest for making NAPTIN a citadel of quality learning with its proposed post-graduate degree programmes.
Director General of NAPTIN, Engr. Rueben Okeke had requested the minister to help fast-track plan to incorporate training of lower cadre personnel, similar to the now rested National Power Apprenticeship Scheme, NAPSAS, in the sector to complement the trained engineers that are primarily focused by the institute.
He also requested for extra budgetary funding from government in a consistent manner that would see in 10 years the mission of transforming our training modules to match trainings in line with global best practice.
The key-note address which was delivered by the dean of Engineering Faculty, University of Lagos, Prof. Omotayo Fahinlede, said that Nigeria rather than look inwards for solving its electricity access problems preferred to look outside the shores.

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