By Chineme Okafor

 


The eventual buyers of the 17 successor companies of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) will have to commit to undertake a mandatory annual structured training for its staff, THISDAY has learnt.

Barth-Nnaji

Minister of Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji

The move which is contained in the yet to be signed National Power Training Policy; a new structured training policy nurtured by the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), are parts of measures initiated to stem the tide of manpower dearth in Nigeria’s power sector.

Under the training policy which becomes binding on stakeholders within the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry when eventually signed into law, investors who become successful in the acquisition of any PHCN successor companies in the ongoing privatisation exercise would have to commit to send out their staff to undertake a compulsory annual structured training for seven days.

Such training, THISDAY learnt, can either be obtained from within Nigeria through NAPTIN or outside the country, provided it is tailored to meet rising challenges in the country’s electricity industry; it is specifically aimed at reversing long-term inefficiency in the sector which was occasioned by dearth of manpower in the sector.

“Yes, there is a national power training policy that we are pursuing which when signed into law will command that all the players in the market will have to abide to it and workers in the power sector must have to undergo capacity training every year. Once that is signed into law, people will look for where to train their staff and NAPTIN will be readily available.  We are waiting to organise a forum of stakeholders in the power sector to reflect their inputs in the policy before it is signed into law by the Minister of Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji, the draft is ready and if that is done, of course that means that capacity training in the power sector will not go down again and it will become a necessity because it stipulates that staffs must proceed on structured training at least for seven days per annum.”

 

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