The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) and the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria(NAPTIN) have agreed to work together in finding lasting solutions to the challenges facing the power sector in Nigeria.

The two parties made the agreement when the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of NASENI Engr Prof. Maiwalima Mohammad Sani Haruna led the management team of NASENI on a courtesy visit to NAPTIN ‘s head office in Abuja on Thursday.

Speaking at the meeting, Prof. Haruna said NASENI was ready and committed to the Memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the two organizations in 2020 on areas of Transformer installation training,design, maintenance and repair including renewable energy amongst other areas of possible collaborations adding that it was to that effect that the Agency visited the institute today.

According to him, “it is our mandate to collaborate with institutes like NAPTIN for National development and job creation.

In his remarks, the Director General of NAPTIN Mr. Ahmed Bolaji Nagode said NASENI ‘s achievements in power sector will go a long way in stabilizing power failures in the country even as he commended the Agency for the recent training of Nigerian engineers in China for transformer production and high voltage testing plant to be established in Nigeria soon.

According to him, “The essence of the collaboration is to optimally bring resources together and build a better economy. For instance NASENI is collaborating with China on transformer production and other areas in power generation, NAPTIN also has collaboration with China, so if we bring our expertise together we will build a better economy for ourselves and create job opportunities for our youths.”

He said “Collaborating with NASENI will make us to learn a lot especially in infrastructural development, power sector , workshops. We need to be building on what we have done in respect to the MoU and give accounts by now so as to ensure that we build our own economy and provide jobs to young Nigerians “, he stated.

The NAPTIN Boss noted that investing in vocational training was a way to go as it will help to train young entrepreneurs that will bring their resources together and be self employed, build the economy not only in power sector but in other sectors.

“NAPTIN is committed to collaborate with NASENI and make available its resources to enable Nigeria move forward and also taking Nigeria power sector to the next level “.

In the same vain, NASENI and HALIBIZ Industries today also agreed to work together in areas of machine maintenance and infrastructural development and reverse engineering.

The duo made the agreement when NASENI paid a visit to the newly established industries which deals on confectioneries and foods production.

In his presentation after touring of facilities, the President of HALIBIZ Industries Alhaji Adamu Aliu said virtually all products in use by Nigerians are imported unlike countries like China where they don’t import but make use of what they produce, adding that the whole idea of setting up Halibiz Industries in Nigeria was to produce and manufacture the products in Nigeria and at the same time create jobs for Nigerian youths.

He however asked NASENI to look for possible areas where the Agency comes to help the industry grow and involve in technical training and maintenance of their machines.

“We are building AFRITOS Mega factory Nigeria very soon and this is where we want to collaborate with NASENI. We want NASENI to come in. There are also several agricultural products we want but we have technical challenges and that is why we want NASENI to bring in engineering ideas and machines to make it happen”, he affirmed.

Responding, Prof. Haruna said he was impressed with what he saw and promised to send technical team from NASENI to find areas of possible collaboration with HALIBIZ Industries.

Olusegun Ayeoyenikan
Deputy Director, Information

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