The government has been quoted in media reports that additional 8,200 jobs will be created to cope with the expansion projects n the power sector.
“With the expansion of access to power, government suggest that the sector needs additional 8,200 artisans and craftsmen between now and 2020 to improve the sector and meet up with her human capacity management.” the reports are quoted to say.
According to NGRGURDIANNEWS, a government source said that job demand now in the the power sector was bought by the privatization of the electricity companies the government embarked on.
he explained that before the sale of the electricity companies, the they had not embarked on fresh recruitment in the past 16 years, and has not structured its skills to train technical manpower for 23 years.
To bridge this huge human capacity gap, Nigeria flagged off a National Power Sector Apprenticeship Scheme (NAPSAS) meant to train 7, 400 youths as an emergency attempt to create a new pool of well trained workforce for the sector”.
According to NGRGURDIANNEWS, the aim of the scheme, which was recently unveiled by President Goodluck Jonathan, represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim is to improve the youths’ technical capacity to continue with the power industry after graduation.
It was described that the scheme is an important aspect of government’s drive to provide the enabling environment for the development of skills required to underpin the reforms and growth of the power sector.
The report went on to say the Director of the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading PLC (NBET), Mr. Rumundaka Wonodi noted that “the Nigerian electricity market has evolved, and her human capacity requirements have also evolved, putting pressure, not only on technical skills and know-how, but also on management abilities and economic knowledge.”
President Jonathan during the unveiling of the Transformation Agenda, promised to improve the Power Sector and provide more employment opportunities, and the fulfillment of this now looks more evident.