Director General, National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), Engr. Reuben Okeke, said the country needs 17,440 technical staff including 6,000 engineers to sustain the planned 40,000 megawatts in the nearest future.
Okeke who spoke yesterday in Abuja,called for more support to expand the institute’s capacity.
He went further to admonish the Federal Government to commit more funding to its infrastructure as it seeks to build 20 more schools and structures at its Abuja site to expand its capability, especially in training the over 12,000 craftsmen and artisans (non-engineers) for an advanced sector.
“Since we started NAPTIN in 2012, we have not been able to cross 1,000 graduates, but with more support we can attain that in the next five to 10 years.”