The Federal Government has said that plans are ongoing to flag-off the National Power Sector Apprentice Scheme (NAPSAS) November 18, to train 7400 electricity Engineers.
The Director General of the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), Engr. Reuben Okeke disclosed this while signing a pact with the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) on the formal recognition of its National Graduate Skills Development Programme (NGSDP)
The signing of the Cooperation Agreement gives formal recognition to the graduate programme, through an integration of the Programme into the NSE’s Corporate Membership Registration process.
Engr. Okeke said “This is the third MOU we are signing. The first was with Schneider Electrics of France, we signed another with GIZ of Germany and we will be signing another with General Electrics in a couple of weeks, and they are all on capacity building.
“Government is working on scaling up human capacity in the power sector and so, President Goodluck Jonathan is about to launch 7400 Nigerian youths to boost human capital in terms of technical skills in the sector.
“By 18 November, Mr President will flag-off the National Power Sector Apprentice Scheme (NAPSAS) to help in the area of craft, to produce more linesmen and artisans in the electricity industry,” he disclosed.
He maintained that the 36 states are expected to produce 200 candidates each with a 50percent sponsorship of the training fee from the federal government. “The apprenticeship scheme has its separate programme so that, as the NGSDP is going on in our eight centres, we
have collaborated with the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) to use their study centres for the NAPSAS,” he added.
The teeming number of graduates from the NAPTIN NGSDP Okeke said informed the cooperation with the Society. “I talked with the NSE President so we can work on giving a professional backing for the graduates to be grounded in power sector engineering.
On the construction of NAPTIN headquarters, Okeke said “Hopefully, we are going to be moving to the building by first week of January 2015. The building is ready but we are making an access road to the place. And for the dumpsite, we are working with the Abuja Development
Authority to evacuate it so we can build our training buildings.
In his remarks, the NSE President, Engr. Pasioio;fh sfjfdhf said, “NSE commits itself to the promotion and recognition of the NGSDP as a brand for the promotion of engineering profession in the Nigerian power sector.”
He noted also that the NGSDP Certification of Merit issued by NAPTIN shall henceforth be a condition in partial fulfillment of the requirements for registration for the NSE membership, just as he disclosed that NAPTIN had recently made a N5million support to the Society.