Egbin Power Plc has inducted twenty-seven young Engineers who successfully completed the company’s Graduate Engineering Programme, as part of its commitment to sustainably drive human capital development in the power sector.
The 2022 graduates represent the third cohort of Egbin Power’s engineering trainee program. The 12-month comprehensive development programme, run in collaboration with the Energy Training Centre (ETC), is an immersive and experiential learning experience for selected young engineers, focusing on the processes, procedures, and operations of the Nigerian Electricity Supply industry.
It included a variety of learning approaches, including instructor-led classroom sessions, virtual sessions, and field practical sessions, to ensure effective learning transfer and to improve their capacity and practical field experience.
Kola Adesina, Group Managing Director of Sahara Power Group, described the program as a critical intervention in developing technical manpower with the necessary skills for the power sector’s infrastructure and human capital development.
He stated that Egbin Power Plc’s investment in new technology, expansion initiatives, and innovative achievements necessitate a corresponding human capital profile to ensure the plant’s optimal performance and profitability.
“Employment has been a challenge in this country, so this initiative helps us bring in more young people into the business and equip them to add value. We are looking to continually bring in value-adding personalities and we have no doubt that these crop of young talent will add value to our asset and ultimately assist in resolving the power challenges we have been experiencing in the last 63 years”, he said.
While congratulating the inductees, he challenged them to stay focused and make the most of the opportunity by constantly looking for new ways to make an impact in the organization.
He stated that Sahara Group will continue to invest in human capital development in order to create a pipeline for the type of leadership required for the industry’s future growth and development.
Mokhtar Bounour, Chief Executive Officer of Egbin Power Plc, noted that investing in people is the key to success in any organization and reaffirmed the company’s commitment to providing all the support the young Engineers need to make a difference. He also charged them with always pushing the boundaries and remaining innovative.
“We are very proud of the progress our trainees have made and we believe that they are now well-equipped to make significant contributions to the power sector. These are the future leaders and they deserve to be supported. We believe in them and we are counting on them to make a difference in bringing energy to life responsibly, “ Bounour said.
Ibiene Okeleke, the facilitator of the programme and Managing Director of Energy Training Centre (ETC), said the learning academy gave the trainees access to top-notch learning facilities and curriculum delivered by a faculty of subject matter experts.
She said: “As one of Nigeria’s foremost learning institutions, these young graduate Engineers under our tutelage have gained extensive knowledge of the power sector. We look forward to seeing them solve the power challenges we face as a nation.”
Miss. Eseoghene Agbadudu, one of the beneficiaries, was visibly overjoyed. For her: “It is a fulfillment and an achievement for me, I am really excited to be part of this programme. We had the opportunity to be exposed to both the Technical and Commercial aspects of the Power Sector. So I hope to put all these learnings into play at Egbin Power, in bringing innovative ideas that can help improve the power sector.”
The programme is a key component of the company’s strategy to developing the next generation of competent and reliable professionals who are groomed with a broader perspective and also exposed to the entire Energy Value Chain, as well as driving the company’s vision of being the provider of choice wherever energy is consumed