As Nigerians continue to yearn for improve power sector, a former Director General of the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), Reuben Okeke, has called for improve manpower development and adequate funding if the proposed 16,000 Megawatts (MW) expansion plan is to be achieved by the Year 2021.
Currently, the country’s wheeling capacity stands at about 5,300MW and characterised by unstable values in sustainability, quality, safety and affordability to the citizens despite the critical role stable power in sustaining the growth of any economy.
Okeke spoke at the 2017 fellow forum titled: “Financial Liquidity Support and Human Capital Development as Solution for Sustainable Power Industry,” organised by the Nigerian Academy of Engineering (NAE) in Lagos.
He said increased collaboration would involve synergy between NAPTIN, the Industry, research institutes and universities to train the workforce on the use of tools and technologies to bridge the gap between the educational knowledge and required practical skills in the industry so that new entrants can add better value.
Specifically, he said there is the need for evolvement of enabling policy and monitoring framework to ensure that the enhancement and development of local content in Nigerian power sector is not compromised while the National Power Training Policy should be reviewed and adopted.
For constant power supply, he said necessary policy and regulations should be put in place by the Federal Ministry of Power, and the regulatory, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to ensure that every megawatt generated and wheeled is efficiently distributed, billed and accounted for.
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