…As Schneider Electric partners AFD, NAPTIN to train Nigerian electricians***
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says candidates are now free to also access the results of their UTME on-line.
The board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin stated this in an interview with the newsmen, on Wednesday night in Lagos.
According to him, already, over 1.5 million candidates that sat for the board’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) had accessed their results, using the result checker code, 55019 as at the time of filing this report.
He said that the board had commenced posting the results to the portal, adding that they were now also free to go on- line, view and print their results.
“Candidates can now check their results on the portal.
“They must first log in their profile and then, click on ‘check UTME Examination Results’, ” he told the newsmen.
The spokesman dismissed rumours that the result checker code (55019) was not functional.
Recall that the board on Saturday, May 11, announced the release of the results.
Over 1.8 million candidates registered for this year’s UTME
In the meantime, in its quest to improve the capabilities of Nigeria’s power sector value chain, Schneider Electric in partnership with Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) and the National Power Training Institute (NAPTIN) has launched an electricians’ training programme.
The training is to boost the professional expertise and manpower skills in the sector.
The Marketing Communication Manager, Schneider Electric, Viviane Mike-Eze, said on Thursday in Lagos that the initiative was aimed at empowering Nigerian youths and electricians to get certification.
She said part of the objectives was to ensure safety as fire incidents in homes were becoming alarming and rampart.
“Incidences of fire outbreaks from faulty electrical installations in Nigeria need to be curbed. It is also our responsibility as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) to make sure that we give them the best in competency.
“Whenever they install electrical fittings, they will do it the right way.
“Another benefit is employability. We don’t only train people in technical skills we also train them to become employable by teaching them business skills which they could express by becoming better entrepreneurs and be job creators themselves.
“Today, former students of Schneider Electric training programmes with our partners have become employers of labour,’’ Mike-Eze said in a statement.
She expressed the hope that the training would impact positively on the sector, adding that participants will also be taught solar energy equipment installations.
She said: “First of all, when you have competent technicians and electricians, you know you are working towards a better power sector in the future. They constitute a potential workforce who know exactly what is needed in terms of infrastructure for a better power sector.
“Schneider Electric also focuses on solar training which is key to us. Look at the potential of solar energy in Nigeria. This is a free resource which is becoming bigger.
“Schneider Electric and AFD are subsidising it to make it affordable for Nigerians.’’
The Senior Project Manager, Energy and Transport, AFD, Mr Ademola Adesoji, said the training being given electricians was beyond power supply.
“As we are striving to have more power supply, we need to have well trained electricians to ensure safety in the homes.
“We are co-partners of this event with the support of the French Treasury. As electricity can do well, so can it do badly if not well-managed. We are focusing on the entire power value chain — generation, transmission and distribution.
The statement said that earlier, Mr Christopher Begat, the Managing Director, Schneider Electric, Anglophone, West Africa, said Schneider Electric had trained more than 1,000 electricians and others in the last five years.
“This programme is another milestone and we plan to extend it to Abuja and Port Harcourt, and train over 300 electricians per year.
“The objective is to train electricians to be of international standard so that whenever they install equipment, either in a building or factory, they will be sure to be of power dependability and a safe infrastructure.
“It is a long-term project and we are very pleased to contribute to this in Nigeria,’’ he said.