The executive vice chairman of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Prof. Mohammed Haruna, has restated the agency’s commitment to firm up relationship with the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) towards the development of the nation’s power sector.
He made this known when he led the management staff of the agency on a courtesy visit to NAPTIN headquarters, Idu Industrial Area, Abuja, earlier today (May 6, 2021).
The NASENI boss expressed the agency’s commitment to the memorandum of understanding (MoU) it signed earlier with the power training institute on exploring infrastructure and manpower, and accessing NASENI’s facilities for the development of the nation’s power sector.
“Production of equipment in the power sector, no one has monopoly of knowledge, we can’t do it alone, we believe that collaborating with them can help us synergize, understand what they have studied as a gap that needs to be filled in the power sector to be able to equip us properly to design the solutions that are truly needed in the sector.
“So, working with them in implementing the signed memorandum with them will be for the benefit of the country.
“The MoU we signed is to allow the trainees in NAPTIN to go into the facilities we have, the design and development of modern equipment to see not only in maintenance and operational point of view but even design and production point of view. It allows the trainees in NAPTIN to go through our facilities and have a different experience.
“It also allows us to bring resource persons and adjunct faculty members as a foundation faculty member of NAPTIN myself from inception. So, working together with them will definitely bring some relief in the power sector in terms of local content,” he said.
In his remarks, the NAPTIN DG, Ahmed Bolaji Nagode, expressed keen interest in exploring potentials, leveraging on NASENI’s areas of strength to achieve his organization’s goal of fast-tracking development in the power sector.
“I think this is a historic event and both parties have agreed to ensure that this collaboration works. We will definitely leverage on our areas of strength and also ensure we optimally optimize our potentials and resources towards achieving the goals and objectives of the government of Nigeria.
“We are agencies of the Federal Government of Nigeria, so the essence of this is to build synergy to ensure areas we know we can really benefit from the infrastructure, facility of NASENI are optimally explored and utilized.
“We will ensure we get our instructors and faculty to make good use of the opportunity. There are also some certain things we have in NAPTIN, like infrastructure, the federal government has really invested so much in vocational training in the power sector, the essence of this is to ensure we come up with opportunity for young Nigerians to have jobs, so they can become entrepreneurs and also be employable because the essence of what we do is to build skills that relate to the power sector, that’s what we are doing,” he said.
Areas of partnership being explored by both agencies include transformer development, renewable energy sector, with regard to solar panel installation and maintenance, and curriculum development to firm up the nation’s development and design of power infrastructures.