Mr. John Ayodele, the Chief Operating Officer, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc (IBEDC) has said that there is a deficit of competent engineers in Nigeria’s power industry to solve challenges posed in the sector and called for grooming of more young Engineers into the industry.
Mr. Ayodele disclosed this at 11th Ralph Alabi Memorial Lecture organized by the Ikeja Branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) in Lagos, themed: “Challenges in Electricity Distribution in Nigeria: What Engineers should do differently.”
He urged for measures to close the skill gap in the sector – to attract more competent skilled young engineers to Nigeria’s Power industry.
“There is a deficit of competent electrical/electronic engineers to solve the problem. Most of our undergraduates do not have power background and it is usually difficult to indoctrinate them,” he added.
Ikeja Chairman of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Mr. Olutosin Ogunmola, disclosed that the NSE would improve its Young Engineers Forum, with the aim of encouraging more engineers to study fields related to Nigeria’s power industry.
He added that the Engineering Society would work with Universities on power engineering specialization, to close the skill gap in Nigeria’s power sector.