French Agency partners NAPTIN for Human Resource Development
Agence Francaise Development (AFD), has expressed serious desire in partnering with the National Power Training Institute, NAPTIN, to raise the institute’s capacity to achieve its corporate mandate of developing the critical manpower for the power sector in Nigeria.
Specifically the French agency wants to integrate into the training needs of the privatized power sector key parameters for development as such as sustainability, financial autonomy, investment opportunities, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.
Speaking at the inauguration of a steering committee to drive the achievement of the partnership objectives, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Amb. (Dr) Godknows Igali, said that Nigerian Government was grateful to the French Government for the initiative, as it would assist NAPTIN to build on the new thinking matrix of sourcing fund for its programmes outside conventional Government allocation.
The steering committee comprises representatives of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Ministry of Finance, National Planning Commission, NAPTIN, DISCOS and GENCOS. The Permanent Secretary expressed confidence that with the initiative, NAPTIN would be in a better position to deliver on its mandate in critical areas of capacity building for the sector.
Dr Igali said, “As a knowledge driven institution, NAPTIN will make the sector’s workforce to be more industry compliant”, adding that the diagnostic Audit proposed by the steering committee, would entail a detailed feasibility study as well as risk management strategy.
The package of assistance includes a study tour of Morocco, for the purpose of understudying the model of their vocational training facilities.
The Permanent Secretary used the occasion to also commend the French, and other development partners, including Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA) for their continuous assistance and interventions.
He expressed the Nigerian Government’s gratitude for the recent approval of 70 million Euros by AFD for the strengthening of the nation’s transmission network within FCT and its environs.
The Project Manager, AFD, Celine Gratador said the 2-phase strategy of the committee would enhance NAPTIN’s sustainable programmes and assured that the new partnership between the French and Nigerian agencies was to launch NAPTIN training capabilities to higher levels.
Earlier, the NAPTIN, Director General, Engr. Reuben Okeke, described the AFD partnership as historic, noting that the intervention would boost the capacity of the institute to produce the critical work force to fit into current power sector demands.