Institute seeks collaboration with Labour Ministry to combat quackery in power sector 

The Chartered Institute of Power Engineers of Nigeria (CIPEN) has sought collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to promote professionalism and upscale knowledge and skills within the nation’s power sector.

Engr. Israel Abraham, President of CIPEN, who led a delegation of the institute, made the request during a courtesy visit to the minister in Abuja. 

In a statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media to the minister, Emameh Gabriel, Mr. Abraham said the institute, established by an Act of Parliament in 2023, is empowered to regulate and determine the standards of knowledge required for practicing power engineering in Nigeria.

“We are here to solicit the cooperation and collaboration of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment in promoting and entrenching professionalism to upscale knowledge and skills and enhance competence and capacity within Nigeria’s power sector,” he said.

Abraham said CIPEN had developed various licenses for different categories of power engineering personnel, and is seeking the ministry’s support in enforcing their adoption.

The CIPEN president also requested the ministry’s support for the inclusion of CIPEN’s qualifications in the National Scheme of Service for the placement of power engineering personnel in the civil service.

“We are confident that a synergy between CIPEN and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment will instil a sense of sanctity, foster professionalism, eradicate mediocrity in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) necessary for driving sectoral performance, and ultimately give birth to a thriving power industry that will exceed the expectations of all Nigerians,” Abraham said.

In her response, the minister highlighted the dangers of “quackery” in key industries like power and construction. 

She said without qualified professionals, industries cannot reach their full potential. Poor quality services, adding that without checks, unqualified individuals will continue provide substandard work, leading to issues of building collapses, power outages and even lose of lives. 

She expressed strong support for the Institute to combat quackery, noting that the government’s eight-point agenda requires professional expertise to succeed as it mandatory that “qualified individuals handle essential tasks in key sectors, while at the same time protecting professionals, supporting and valuing those who have invested time and effort in gaining proper qualifications.

Onyejeocha further explained that the government’s commitment is clear: to deliver services that meet international standards and achieving this goal requires addressing the issue of quackery within the country. 

She said: “Quackery is part of the reasons our industries are not growing. And if doesn’t grow, you create dearth in the economy and in the overall output of all we have invested on in our industries”.