The Director General National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) Engr. Reuben Okeke has announced a strategic partnership with TE Connectivity, a global leader in electricity connectivity and sensor solutions with a goal to provide to provide critical skills and workforce training for the country’s power sector.
Addressing journalists in Abuja during a press conference, Engr. Okeke explained that the partnership is a way of improving the power sector and equipping the work force with training that offers proven cost effective products and solutions in the sector. He added that TE Connectivity will be offering technical training on the connectivity required for efficient power generation and distribution.
“As most of the National Power Project is coming to 80% completion; 10 new power stations is at various stages of completion. 297 distribution sub stations as well as 23,000 distribution sub stations are being constructed. It will result to 500,000 kilometers of 330 KVA lines. This requires the training of manpower to provide stable power for Nigerians.
“For the first time we have original equipment manufacturer partner with NAPTIN. The partnership is expected to enhance capacity building, skill acquisition and training of man power.
“Next week we will hold our first joint training session where we will have NAPTIN trainers plus more than 20 installers and jointers from a variety of companies who will receive four days of hands on experience practice and technical instruction.
“We look forward to a partnership that provides solutions, one where workers gain a thorough knowledge of TE’s high quality products and solutions including the company’s industry leading Raychem product line.
In his speech, Assistant Director NAPTIN’s regional training center, Kano Engr. Aliyu Abdullahi identified lack of technical knowledge on the products and on the best practices as some of the challenges facing engineers and technicians in the country’s power sector and expressed the hope that partnership will improve their talents.
“A good installation does not only rely on the product, installers need to understand exactly why they are needed, how to install them safely and how to manipulate them. A partnership like this is an opportunity for me to learn new things and improve my work,” he said.
In his remarks the Ronnie Fotheringham head of TE Energy Project in Nigeria said that his company’s partnership with NAPTIN will provide critical skills and workforce training needed for the country’s power sector in order to help solve problems facing the sector.
“A government invests in upgrading and expanding the power network, the country also needs to invest in its people and develop the skills and expertise required to develop and maintain that network.
“The partnership with NAPTIN is a significant step in that direction. It furthers the mission by bringing the proven solutions, technical knowhow and broad application experience to NAPTIN and those trained. We view this partnership as beneficial to the Nigerian power vision and to TE, building deeper connections throughout the country, he said.
– Paschal Emeka, Abuja