The Director General, National Power Training Institute of Nigeria(NAPTIN), Ahmed Bolaji Nagode, has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to a knowledge-based economy by investing in youth skills acquisition, aimed at jobs creation and self-employment.
Nagode, who was speaking at the institute’s corporate office in Abuja during the Executive Vice Chairman, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) and his management team’s visit, cited as an example the federal government funding of NAPTIN through the Agency Francie Dev (AfD)’s facility which is expected to transform vocational training in the nation’s power sector as a good initiative that will create jobs and ensure entrepreneurship among the youths.
He expressed his gratitude to the Executive Vice Chairman NASENI, Professor M.S.Haruna and his management team for finding time to visit the institute which has further cemented the synergy between the two government agencies as expressed in their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), adding that he is ardent follower of NASENI’s activities especially through its weekly programme on NTA that dwells on its industrialization, self-reliance, local content and infrastructural development.
Nagode further stressed that, the NAPTIN Graduate Skills Development Programme (NGSDP) is a pupilage programme that produces professional engineers who are skilled to operate on the nation’s power network, emphasizing that a lot of Nigerian young engineers who passed through the programme have either become gainfully employed by some power utilities or are self-employed/entrepreneurs.
He pointed out the importance of NAPTIN’s partnership with West African Power Pool(WAPP) and Association of Power Utilities in Africa(APUA), as Centre of Excellence (CoE) under which staff of power utilities’ member countries such as Ghana, Liberia, Malawi are trained.
Nagode further expressed optimism that both NAPTIN and NASENI will optimally benefit from their collaboration by pulling resources together which will pave way for the growth and development of the country.
Earlier, the Executive Vice Chairman, NASENI has expressed his commitment to the MoU between the two Agencies adding that NASENI is willing to render any assistance to ensure that NAPTIN achieve its mandate in the nation’s power sector.