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Published On: Wed, Mar 19th, 2014

EnergyNet, NAPTIN collaborate to train more engineers for power sector

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By Etuka Sunday

EnergyNet has said it would collaborate with National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) to produce more engineers through its ‘Student Engagement Initiative’ as part of human-capacity building for the power sector in the country.

According to the Managing Director, EnergyNet, Simon Gosling, “It is an exceptional time in Nigeria for business leaders, but equally for the business leaders of tomorrow. It is with this in mind that

EnergyNet has launched the ‘Student Engagement Initiative’ which will facilitate some of the brightest Nigerian students to travel across Africa and the world to understand more about the relevance of

Africa’s power sector on the global economy.”

Hosted by EnergyNet and Nextier, the ‘Power Investors Summit: Nigeria’ in Lagos (March 20-21st) is the first time these exciting students will meet international organisations and begin to explore how they

can play a central role within the broader sector. Supporters and sponsors include IIPELP, NNPC, Banwo and Ighodalo and Norton Rose Fulbright, who have chosen to lead the international development of

law students through the Initiative.

He said the Summit in March would be held in association with the Federal Ministry of Power and government bodies including PTFP, NERC, NBET, NAPTIN and NNPC. It will address outcomes from the previous gathering of investors in October, which challenged the provision of gas and the infrastructure to deliver it. Nigeria’s finance sector will drill down on the post-privatisation finance options and NNPC

will respond directly to questions raised about their role in the sector.

NERC and leading international consultants will discuss the constraints to regulatory practices and how best to implement a complex structure to support sustainable growth, whilst long term financing and captive power generation also remain high on the agenda.

Additionally Geometric Power, Transcorp Ughelli, North South Power – Shiroro, and Copperbelt’s Abuja Disco will discuss post-privatisation strategies and bottlenecks, and for the first time, the Honourable

Minister for Power Prof Chinedu Nebo will host a preconference webinar on February 25th to enable investors to understand why he is making the Power Investors Summit: Nigeria the critical location to support private sector and international development.

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