NAPTIN now Africa’s Ex­cel­lence Cen­tre train 42 in Ghana

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

The Na­tional Power Train­ing In­sti­tute of Nige­ria (NAPTIN) has been named a Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence (CoE) in power sec­tor train­ing in Africa by the African Net­work of Cen­tres of Ex­cel­lence in Elec­tric­ity (ANCEE).

With this, NAPTIN is now a mem­ber of ANCEE, a pan-African ini­tia­tive led by the As­so­ci­a­tion of Power Util­i­ties of Africa (APUA) and sup­ported by the Agence Fran­caise Devel­op­ment (AFD), African Devel­op­ment Bank (ADB), Euro­pean Union (EU) and other in­ter­na­tional devel­op­ment part­ners.

NAPTIN’s act­ing Direc­tor Gen­eral, Mr Ahmed Bo­laji Nagode, dur­ing the sign­ing of a pact for the ad­mit­tance at its head­quar­ter in Abuja last week­end, said the con­fer­ment made the in­sti­tute the only CoE in West Africa and one of the eight power train­ing cen­tres in Africa.

Mr Nagode also said the in­sti­tute was col­lab­o­rat­ing with the West African Power Pool (WAPP) to train work­force in the power sec­tor of Liberia while APUA is spon­sor­ing the train­ing of 42 power work­ers of Ghana util­ity, and fa­cil­i­tate an­other for work­ers in the util­ity of Mali.

He said: “We have the op­por­tu­nity to train staff of power util­i­ties in Africa in our train­ing cen­tres. Through this pro­gramme, we are go­ing to equally re­alise for­eign ex­change in terms of sell­ing our prod­ucts to power util­i­ties in Africa and APUA will def­i­nitely pay for these.”

The Direc­tor Gen­eral of APUA, Dr. Abel Di­dier Tella, at the event con­firmed the stan­dards at NAPTIN say­ing, “Dur­ing the assess­ment, what we saw in Nige­ria is far­ther than what we can imag­ine.”

Dr. Tella also noted that NAPTIN is unique among the eight CoEs in Africa, “be­cause all other cen­tres like those in Egypt, Tu­nisia, Ivory Coast and South Africa are all part of a util­ity firm, but NAPTIN is a stan­dalone in­sti­tute.”

He said with the ad­mis­sion into APUA, NAPTIN is now en­abled to train power sec­tor work­ers in French apart from English lan­guage with the first be­ing work­ers in Ghana and Mali.

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