The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says it has commenced an intensive training programme for 708 engineers in the company, taken from the electrical, maintenance department, protection, control, and metering department as well as linesmen across the 10 regions of the company, through a World Bank programme.
A statement by the General Manager, Public Affairs of the organisation, Mrs. Ndidi Mbah, said while declaring the training open in Abuja, acting Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of TCN, Mr. Sule Abdulaziz, explained that the training was to expose maintenance engineers to facility improvement programmes under the World Bank’s Nigeria Electricity Transmission Project (NETAP).
Abdulaziz said: “In all, engineers undergoing this training are those in the Protection, Control and Metering Department (PC&M), Electrical Maintenance Department (EMD), and Lines Maintenance Department (LMD), totaling 708 engineers from the 10 Transmission Service Provider (TSP) regions nationwide.”
The TCN head noted that the company was prioritising the training of its staff as it gradually expands the capacity of its transmission network with the execution of several projects to ensure grid efficiency and stability.
“A more robust grid, coupled with the role we must play under the new Service Level Agreement and our part in the West African Power Pool (WAPP), among others, underscore the need for our engineers to be trained and retrained, to ensure that they are relevant and efficient,” Abdulaziz added.
According to him, the training which is divided into five modules is aimed at honing their skills and, in the end, give them fresh perspectives on how to get their jobs done more efficiently and effectively to produce better results.
The Executive Director, Transmission Service Provider (TSP) in TCN, Victor Adewumi urged the participants to ensure active involvement during the programme and to ask questions whenever they require clarification during the two-week training.
On his part, the Executive Director, Human Resources and Change Management at TCN, Mr. Justin Dodo, revealed that much preparation was put into the programme design for maximum result.
Also, General Manager, Programme Coordination at TCN, Mr. Joseph Ciroma urged the graduates to deepen their knowledge as the hybrid training team will provide deeper knowledge about emerging trends and what is expected of the trainees in their job roles at TCN.