285 engineers were issued certificates by the Federal Government on December 1, 2014 to help boost power generation, transmission and distribution across the country.
It is believed that the engineers would help bridge the technical manpower gap in the sector as the industry was mainly characterised by weak and dying human capital.
The certificates which were issued to them by the Minister of Power, prof. Chnedu Nebo during the second graduation ceremony of the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria Graduate Skills Development Programme in Abuja, said many graduate engineers lacked the vital engineering skills to function in the sector.
“So this programme will ensure that those who graduate as engineers are indeed engineers and are prepared for the industry. This is because for 16 years, neither the National Electric Power Authority nor the Power Holding Company of Nigeria employed a single engineer’’ Nebo said.
The Director-General, NAPTIN, Mr. Reuben Okeke, reported that the graduation witnessed the certification of 285 engineers, made up of 211 electrical/electronic and 74 mechanical engineers.
It is essential to state that the young engineers have gone through thorough training processes that took them through a nine-month practical hands-on experience in the three sub-sectors of generation, transmission and distribution of the electricity value-chain in various power sector companies, he said.