The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has commenced the training of 310 new engineers in the Independent System Operation sub-sector to acquaint them with modern skills and strategies to effectively and responsibly operate the rapidly growing Nigerian Power Grid.
The Managing Director/ CEO, TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed, represented by the Head (ISO), Engr. Maman Jimoh Lawal, who declared the training program open in Osogbo, Osun State, explained that because the power industry was growing at a fast rate, the requirements of grid management was also evolving and what constituted the traditional roles of the System Operator had become obsolete and therefore making it necessary for persistent training of operators.
He added that with the industry being highly regulated, commercial considerations in the industry were taking center stage with stakeholders striving to protect and promote their interests by making more services available, grid operators need more exposures to meet up with new requirements emerging in the growing power industry.
Mr Ifeanyi Ezeukwu, Executive Director (HR&CB) urged the engineers to make the best of the program as it had taken a lot to organize. He noted that the program content was not only rich but also varied in order to cover the various operation areas, all for their benefit. He was represented by Mr Justin Dodo, GM HR, TSP.
The Assistant General Manager (SCADA), Engr. Adekoyejo Sobande, who represented the General Manager (NCC), Osogbo, Engr. Kingsley Osuoha, had earlier welcomed participants to Osogbo and appreciated the TCN management for re-introducing the Engineers Development Program which he said reminded him of his pupilage days and the benefits he derived from it. He also implored the participants to create time for more study during the period so that they get the best out of the short time they would spend in Osogbo for the program.
The Ag. Assistant General Manager, (Training) ISO, Raheema Abdul-Aziz, coordinator of the program, lauded TCN management for organizing the program and commended the efforts of the Head ISO in making the program a reality.
Raheema Abdul-Aziz urged the participants to take the program seriously as it would provide them with foundational knowledge that would enable them operate the grid more effectively and efficiently. She announced that there would be an end of program evaluation which would include written tests that would constitute part of their Annual Performance Evaluation Reports (APER).
The trainee-engineers have been divided in six batches and would be taken through several courses such as Principles of Power System Operations, Power System Network Configurations, System Analysis and Planning, Operational Procedures, Switch Gear Applications, Substation Auxiliary System, Grid Management Techniques as well as Interpretation of Relay Operations, System Communication, Information and Communications, Nigerian Electricity Market Operations and Team Work and Leadership, among many other subjects.
The faculty resource persons include Engrs Adekoyejo Sobande, Abba Shehu, BA Ishola, James Ashipa, Rotimi Amos, Luqman Dosumu, AO Adeogun, SO Alade, Ahmed Ihedioha, AA Atima, Emmanuel Osikweme as well as Engrs Ahmed Kaitafi, Habila Chawai, Hajia Raheema Nyako Abdul-Aziz and A Nafisat, and others.
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