OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has passed into second reading a bill for an Act to establish the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) thereby creating a legal framework for the operation and administration of the Institute as allowed under the extent laws.

Leading debate on the bill, Mr. Raji Wale (APC, Làgos) argued that the bill would provide a better frame work that would assist the country in its aged-long power crisis.

According to him, “this establishment bill is to create an institute principally charged with the duty of training, developing and equipping persons in the power sector and beyond. The institute shall also have the power to educate and certify persons according to the provisions of this bill.”

He continued: “The enactment of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act, 2005 provided the platform for the deregulation of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry from the control, ownership and regulation of the federal government to private sector-driven industry. This reform basically focused on accomplishing many goals amongst which are power stability, reliability, sustainability and human capacity development.

“In response to this reform and to address the lingering issues on human capacity development, the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) was established in March 23, 2009 to provide a structural and standardized training process in order to achieve manpower capacity development in the power sector.

“With the successful completion of the reform and privatization programme, the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) along with some newly established institutions in the power sector, assumed the status of a Parastatal of the Federal Government under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Power.

“In view of the above executive act, it is imperative that the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) is established by an act of parliament to empower the institute actualize its mission and goals.

“The creation, establishment, structure, composition, finance and functions of the Power Training Institute will serve as a focal point for the development and capacity building as well as research center on matters relating to power in Nigeria and Africa at large. The Institute once established will also offer a comprehensive proactive engineering and technical training programmes for the professionals, graduate and industrial training (IT) undergraduates in the power and other related sectors.

“The Institute will also design professional certificate programmes that will ensure proficiency and global recognition thereby ensuring a high maintenance culture throughout the industry in order to enhance efficiency. This will also reduce the financial burden on government over the training of its officials in the power sector”.

Speaking against the bill, Mr. Ossai Nicholas Ossai (PDP, Delta) said the proposed law was unnecessary since the sector was already deregulated by government.

Another member who spoke in favour of the bill, James Faleke (APC, Làgos) said “this bill is saying it will provide a bigger frame work so let’s allow the bill to scale through so that stakeholders can debate the bill”.

In his remarks, the speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila said “from now forward any member that is bringing an establishment bill must attach debate and cost of such a bill. That’s stating in details how much it will cost government to establish such an institute.”

The bill was passed when the presiding officer put the question and referred to the House Committee on Power for further legislative inputs.

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