Director General of the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), Mr Ahmed Bolaji Nagode, has said the institute is collaborating with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to improve safety practices in the power sector.
The NAPTIN head disclosed this on Tuesday when he led his team on a courtesy visit to the headquarters of Media Trust Limited, publishers of the Daily Trust newspapers and other titles, in Abuja.
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Speaking on the concerns of rising electrical accidents in Nigeria, Mr Nagode said, “We were with NERC recently and NERC is equally concerned because of the level of accidents.”
He said NERC is working to ensure that operators of the private-led power firms adopted NAPTIN safety syllabus for training.
Another collaboration of the institute with NERC, the power sector regulator, is on metering which Nagode said NAPTIN was enabled to ensure the training of all meter installers.
The DG said NAPTIN trains power sector workers and fresh electrical and mechanical engineering graduates under the National Graduate Skills Development Programme (NGSDP).
It also does vocational training in meter installation, solar photovoltaic (PV) energy solutions, among others targeted mostly at the youths.
Nagode also disclosed that it will graduate 85 young engineers on Thursday who have been trained through the NGSDP in 2020. He commended Daily Trust for sustaining its operations for over 20 years.
“I want to commend your effort and your tenacity as you are not only covering the North but the entire country,” he stated.
Commenting, the Executive Director/Editor-in-Chief of Media Trust Ltd, publishers of Daily Trust newspaper, Naziru Mikailu, lauded the relationship between the newspaper and NAPTIN.
Assuring he said, “we are going to do our best to maintain that relationship because what you are doing is actually what the country needs on capacity building.”
The General Manager, Business and Strategy at Media Trust Ltd, Ahmed Shekarau, emphasised that communication was crucial for NAPTIN to showcase its activities to the public.
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