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NERC and Agence Francaise Development To Collaborate On Human Capacity

17.01.14 -27


The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has been assured of financial support for human capacity development for the power sector. Chief of Projects, Division of Education, Agence Francaise Development (AFD) Betrand Facini and the Senior Program Officer of the French agency, Adesoji Ademola expressed their readiness to support in a meeting with NERC’s Commissioners.

The meeting which was prompted by the AFD took place on the 16 of January, 2014 after holding discussions with the power ministry. According to the visiting AFD delegates, on 14 November 2013, 170 million dollars was earmarked as the loan sum for the transmission aspect of the electricity industry.
Facini revealed that the AFD was concerned about sustainability; hence, it was looking at the risk of developing the market alongside the present reforms so as to guide its intervention. He said that energy efficiency stands out as one of the key programs that has to be realised, making it imperative to engage with the Commission to work out human capacity development and vocational training which would stand the test of time.
‘’We have come to assess prospective mission in the education system because we regard skill development as a critical need’’ he said.
Responding on behalf of the commission, the Vice Chairman, Muhammed Lawal Bello disclosed that the Commission was already working with the national board for technical education as well as other vocational training institutions on capacity building for the power sector. He said that expert support by the AFD would be most appreciated and described the visit as timely.

Maryam Yaya Abubakar - Head, Media