182 Pass-out of NAPTIN’s Skills Development Program, 10 Get Automatic Employment
Who said hard work does not pay? Ask the 10 best graduating students of the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria, NAPTIN, who on Tuesday, 24th March passed out of the SURE-P/TVET sponsored Graduate Skills Development Programme (NGSDP), clinching both graduation certificates as well as automatic employment letters, courtesy of a major stakeholder in Coal to Power Initiative, Dr. Innocent Ezuma, Chief Executive of Zuma Energy Company Limited.
In the graduation ceremony where in 182 students were presented with certificates, the Minister of State, Power, Hon. Mohammed Wakil, reiterated that Government conceived the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN)’s 12-month Graduate Skills Development Programme (NGSDP), as an interventionist approach to solving critical deficiency in professional technical manpower in the Power Sector.
He said the obvious shortage of technical manpower has been one of the critical low points visibly bedeviling the sector, which has negatively imparted on the nation’s quest for improved access to power. “This is a systematic restoration initiative that will rescue the sector from technical manpower deficiency,” he added.
“And as you join the army of professionals, the onus on you is to restore honour and hope to our nation by contributing your quota in Nigeria’s plan to continually increase the level of electricity available to our people, towards a target of 20,000MW by the year 2020.”
In his address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godknows Igali, said that if Nigeria must be where we are supposed to be, we must get it right in the power sector. He commended Mr. President for taking the bull by the horn by privatizing the Power Sector, which has reinforced the determination of Government to set up a robust man-power capacity building initiative that would address long years of manpower neglect.
He stated that over 3,000 engineers have been engaged since November 1, 2013 hand-over and therefore enjoined the graduands to take advantage of the enormous employment opportunities existing in the sector, assuring that many of the new owners will require the services of well skilled engineers now and years to come.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Senator Philip Aduda, commended President Goodluck Jonathan for opening up the Power Sector for massive injection of funds from both local and foreign investors. He urged the graduands to apply themselves by acquiring necessary experiences and skills, so that they take their rightful positions in the sector.
Hon. Patrick Ikhariale, in his goodwill message, informed the graduands that an engineer ceases to be one, if and when he is no longer skillful, hence skill is what differentiates an engineer from non-engineers. He therefore enjoined young engineers to key-into the opportunities by getting themselves gainfully engaged.
The Special Guest of Honour, the Head of Service, Danladi Kifasi said that the labour unions were initially against Government’s move to privatize the sector, but they now know better. He commended the international community for their support for NAPTIN, in spite of the serious security challenges the nation was currently experiencing.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Director General of NAPTIN, Engr. Reuben Okeke tasked the graduands not to wait for tomorrow, for it was here already. “As the nation goes to the poll in the next few days, make good choices and identify with that which has constructively invested in your future”, he offered.
An entrepreneur and major stakeholder in Coal- to- Power Initiative, Dr. Innocent Ezuma, Chief Executive of Zuma Energy Company Limited, said that NAPTIN programme was commendable and must be supported, as it would assist the nation in its quest for quantity and quality supply of required man-power for the power sector. He was so pleased with the institute’s programs that he offered automatic employments to the best 10 graduating students.