Over 5000 Engineers have, over the years, been trained by the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN).
This was revealed during the send forth party organised in honour of the Institute’s pioneer Director General, Engr. (Dr.) Reuben Okeke, and four other Management Staff of the Institute, who were retiring.
Stressing that the former Director General built a solid foundation on which his successors continue to build, Ag. Director General, Bolaji Ahmed Nagode recalled some of the laurels the Institute had won during the former Director General’s tenure : a Golden Award for Quality and Business Prestige awarded to NAPTIN by Otherways International; the Majestic Five Continent Award for Quality and Excellence presented by Otherways International in Geneva Switzerland; the 2013 Nigeria Content for Excellent Performance by the Nigerian Society of Engineers(NSE) as well as Special Presidential Award for Exemplary Commitment to Engineering Profession through Capacity Building by the NSE.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Power), Louis Edozien, who was the Guest of Honour at the occasion, while congratulating the former DG and the other retirees, encouraged the Staff of the Institute to continue with the good work, pointing out that NAPTIN plays a vital role in the Power Sector.
Stressing on how vital it was for those entrusted with responsibility to be able to carry out the task efficiently and effectively, Edozien added that it is challenging to plant a tree but it is more gratifying to see the fruit of your labour growing.
The Permanent Secretary was particularly impressed with the attitude of seven staff of NAPTIN who were rewarded for their punctuality and dedication to duty. He emphasized that because of NAPTIN’s strategic position in the Power Sector, the draft Power Training Policy, which was recommended for circulation to all stakeholders should be implemented, adding that NAPTIN’s training programmes should, as agreed at NACOP, be circulated to enable stakeholders buy into them.
In his response, the former Director General expressed his satisfaction with the Institute’s infrastructural development as well as expansion of the training activities. He also expressed appreciation of the fact that NAPTIN is now Centre of Excellence under the Association of power Utilities in Africa (APUA) and the West African Power Pool (WAPP).
Managing Director TCN, urged NAPTIN to pursue its ISO Certification since lenders need ISO Certified Organizations before any loan or contribution can be offered. He also said there is a huge gap in Power Training in West Africa and he would like NAPTIN to take advantage of this by filling the gap.