Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, has been commended by Nigeria’s National Assembly for its efforts at developing sustainable manpower for the nation’s power sector. This endorsement came on the heels of a successful legislative tour of Schneider Electric’s Isaac Boro Energy Training College at Grenoble, France.
The facility tour, which was organised at the instance of Nigeria’s National Assembly, pursuant to the legislature’s oversight functions as enshrined in Nigeria’s Constitution, was aimed at exposing members of the National Assembly to the progress made by the centre’s Nigerian students as well as the centre’s world-class facilities.
In attendance were the chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta, James Manager, and his House of Representatives counterpart, Warman Ogoriba, Others include Kingsley Kuku, special adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme as well as Marcel Hochet, president/CEO of Schneider Electric, English West Africa.
Speaking after the facility tour by members of the Joint Committee of the National Assembly on Niger Delta, James Manager and Warman Ogoriba commended Schneider Electric on the state of the centre’s facilities and quality of training received by its Nigerian students, describing it as a huge contribution towards fast tracking the development of Nigeria’s power sector.
Manager said: “We are very happy and extremely confident with what we have seen here today. Schneider Electric has taken 3 unique firsts in the history of the program. They are the only company to name a training center after a Niger delta Icon, they have committed to employ 15 of the students immediately and have also committed to assist in placing the rest with their strong network of partners.’
In his welcome, address, Marcel Hochet, Country President of Schneider Electric Nigeria, said ‘‘Schneider Electric is committed to providing a sustainable developmental platform as evidenced in various initiatives with the Federal government, National Power training Institute and LECAN. We are happy to receive honourable members of the National Assembly to our training centre and to showcase our innovative solutions which are visible in our operations.
He emphasised that Schneider Electric was committed to producing skilled energy management professionals to support the transformation of Nigeria’s power sector and commended the Federal Government on her efforts and investments in training and education.
Also commenting on the visit, Kingsley Kuku said “Schneider Electric has proven itself to be the most reliable of all its training partners. It has established a viable partnership with the Nigerian government in the development of the country’s power sector,’’ and called on other Nigeria’s private sector companies to emulate Schneider Electric’s initiatives for a better Nigerian society and the progress of the Nigerian youths.