National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN)
The National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) which was established on March 23rd, 2009 commenced full operation in September, 2009. The primary purpose for its establishment is to provide training for power sector personnel and coordinate training activities in the sector. In pursuit of this mandate, NAPTIN has taken over the management of existing seven regional training centres of PHCN.
The Federal Government of Nigeria embarked on the robust reform of the electricity power industry as a key strategic driver towards achieving the goal of becoming one of the top twenty economies in the world by the year 2020 (Vision 20:2020).
The Reform, driven by the Electric Power Sector Reform (EPSR) Act of 2005, provided the platform for deregulating the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry from the control, ownership and regulation of the sector by the Federal government to a private sector-driven industry. The reform basically focused on accomplishing Power stability, reliability & sustainability and human capacity development, amongst others.
At the privatization and unbundling of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), wherein eleven (11) distribution companies (DisCos) and six (6) generation companies (GenCos) emerged, the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), which was the training arm of the erstwhile PHCN, evolved as a wholly owned government training Institute under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Power, works and Housing (FMPW&H) in the year 2009 with a mission to train skilled professionals required in the power industry and other related sectors.
In fulfilling this administration’s desire to ensure adequate, reliable and sustainable electricity supply for socio-economic development and nation-building, NAPTIN became poised to providing the needed training to the DisCos, GenCos, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Nigeria Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA), Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Rural Electrification Agency (REA) amongst others locally. Also, for Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA), West African Power Pool (WAPP) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) amongst others internationally.
NAPTIN also provides training to public and privately owned entities and over the years had trained personnel of reputable firms such as Guinness Nigeria Plc, Sahara Group – Nigeria, NETCO Plc., (a subsidiary of NNPC) amongst others. Notably, NAPTIN, in collaboration with Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA), West African Power Pool (WAPP) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has trained personnel of the Volta River Authority – Ghana, Grid Company(Gridco) – Ghana and Liberian Electricity Corporation – Liberia.
Since its establishment, NAPTIN has trained over Fifteen Thousand (15,000) personnel in Power and other related sectors in different specialized courses. NAPTIN also offers courses in other non-technical areas of Marketing, Billing, ICT, Leadership, Management, Energy Management and Audit etc. that relate to the Power value chain. NAPTIN has a good geographical spread enabling it to deliver trainings nation-wide. Training Programmes spanning both technical and non-technical areas are offered in all its eight (8) Regional Training Centers (RTCs) located at Lagos (Ijora and Akangba), Niger (Kainji), Enugu (Oji River), Kaduna, Kano, Plateau (Jos) and Rivers (Afam) states and the Corporate Headquarters, Abuja.