By SUNDAY ABBA, Abuja
Staff of the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency, NEMSA, has in conjunction with a German-based human capacity development organisation, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Foundation, collaborating with the Budget and Planning unit of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, has organised a two-day intensive training on capacity building, leadership and business development skills. The training programme held in Abuja also covered such areas as strategic business planning and implementation, effective business communication, business continuity management, changed management and succession planning, basic project management and tools and effective regulatory supervision and quality control.
Thanking the German firm and the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning for supporting the programme, the Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation said the partnership between his agency and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung was in furtherance of NEMSA’s desire to ensure staff are fully equipped to effectively discharge their responsibilities.
While assuring the organisers and the nation of the readiness of the agency to enforce technical standards and regulations and other responsibilities in line with its mandate, the MD/CEO NEMSA expressed optimism that the training would enrich the staff with the relevant knowledge, skills and attitude required to deliver.
“As you all are aware, NEMSA’s functions of enforcement of technical standards and regulations, technical inspection, Testing and certification of all categories of electrical installations, electricity meters and instrument, to ensure the efficient production and delivery of safe, reliable and sustainable electricity power supply and guarantee safety of lives and property in the Nigerian electricity supply industry and other allied industries are very critical to the development of the power sector in Nigeria
“Therefore I have no doubt that at the end all participants in this specialised capacity building workshop will be equipped with the relevant knowledge, skills and attitude required to ensure the effective delivery of NEMSA’s responsibilities in Nigeria”, Tahir stated.
This is as the NEMSA chairman urged participant to endure to make the most of the rare opportunity of specialised training that would equip the them with the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitude required to ensure effective and efficient delivery of NEMSA’S mandate.
Lucas Laible, the Deputy Resident Representative of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Nigeria, noted that foundation had more than 100 offices worldwide with 20 in sub-Saharan Africa, with the official mandate of promoting democracy, good governance and the rule of law as well as fostering good relations between the Federal Republic of Germany and the host countries.
He said the foundation established office in Nigeria in 2001, “ with a clear focus to support the democratic forces in Nigeria and to promote good governance and the rule of law for the benefit of the development of this country”, describing NEMSA as a key stakeholder in the power sector which plays a critical role in ensuring standard and safety in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, NESI.