The Federal Government has advised the National Power Training Institute (NAPTIN) to address training gaps in technical and non-technical areas with its eLearning platform for the benefit of Nigerian youths.
The Minister of State for Power, Mr Goddy Agba gave the advice while inaugurating the NAPTIN eLearning platform on Tuesday in Abuja.
Agba said that the e-NAPTIN platform should be used for a wider variety of courses to make more impact in its training delivery to a wider audience, even beyond the power sector.
According to him, with a learning platform, the whole world is potential customer.
He said that the inauguration of e-NAPTIN platform was the first phase of the project, adding that a second and third phase would take the platform to new level of interactive learning experience.
“I am pleased to know that NAPTIN is proactive enough to think ahead in this direction by the development of an eLearning platform to align its processes and product offering to respond to the new digital demand for its customer.
“Today, technology has evolved to make people more comfortable to learn online instead of going through the rigour of face-to-face learning,” he said.
The minister said all necessary support needed would be offered to NAPTIN to position it as a major player in the task of human capacity development in the Nigerian Power sector and beyond.
Mr Ahmed Nagode, the Director-General of NAPTIN said the e-NAPTIN platform was an idea conceived years back as a covenant between himself and the former D-G of the institute to see to its fruition.
Nagode said the e-NAPTIN was an envisioned dream of the institute aimed to bring training closer to the larger public, build capacity and creating jobs through an integrated online eLearning platform.
“NAPTIN entered into a partnership arrangement with Tech Systems Ltd. to provide an eLearning training platform called the ‘e-NAPTIN’ for beneficiaries of NAPTIN’s capacity development efforts in the power sector.”
He said the objective of the e-learning platform include to proffer a platform that could offer quality online technical and non technical training for NAPTIN trainees.
Others are laying out a platform that could offer some online practical demostration to make technical training effective and close to real life training.
He said it would present an eLearning platform with multi-lingual learning and payment options for students around the world, especially for NAPTIN’s trainees outside Nigeria.
“The platform will serve as an additional source of revenue generation for NAPTIN; it will also provide critical mass training opportunities for Nigerian teeming youths at affordable rate, create jobs and enhancing human capacity development.”
Nagode said that the platform would provide the opportunity for youths to learn how to build solar power and among others (NAN)