Sa­hara Power to in­vest more in build­ing ca­pac­ity

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Mo­hammed Shosanya, La­gos

Sa­hara Power has re­stated its com­mit­ment to con­tinue in­vest­ments in hu­man cap­i­tal de­vel­op­ment to en­sure en­hanced pro­duc­tiv­ity and skills trans­fer.

The Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, Kola Adesina, said pos­i­tive out­comes from the firm’s Grad­u­ate En­gi­neer­ing Pro­gramme (GEP) has set the foun­da­tion for in­creased fund­ing to drive ca­pac­ity ini­tia­tives.

Speak­ing at a ses­sion tagged, “Hu­man Cap­i­tal De­vel­op­ment in Nige­ria’s Power Sec­tor” in La­gos, Adesina noted that the pro­gramme would help address the gulf cre­ated by age­ing work­force in the sec­tor.

A re­port from the Na­tional Power Train­ing In­sti­tute of Nige­ria (NAPTIN) says the dearth of young en­gi­neers and tech­ni­cal staff re­mains build­ing a huge chal­lenge for the sec­tor that needs about 50,000 young skilled en­gi­neers, crafts­men and fit­ters to re­place the age­ing work­force.

The GEP cur­rently has 100 young grad­u­ate en­gi­neers in Eg­bin Power and two other of its plants; they were trained by sea­soned Nige­rian and for­eign pro­fes­sion­als un­der the scheme through lo­cal and over­seas ex­change pro­grammes, the firm said.

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