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BEDC partners Elizade varsity on job opportunities


Elizade University. Photo; successschoolsng

Elizade University. Photo; successschoolsng

Determined to bridge unemployment gap in the power sector, Vigeo Power Limited, the core investor in Benin Electricity Distribution Plc (BEDC) and Elizade University (EU) have formed an alliance to develop a framework for training and acquisition of engineering and professional skills in the industry.

The duo had floated the Vigoe Power Academy, to aid the laudable course. Through the scheme, BEDC has injected a crop of young, energetic and dynamic employees that are now conversant with the problems, challenges and prospects of the power industry.

Commenting on the development, project Co-ordinator, Elizade University, Prof. O. A. Oyelana, said the training is to foster innovative research collaboration, leading to the fabrication and production of light equipment and accessories that are essential for minor routine repairs within the existing power facilities and ultimately to jointly develop alternative renewable energy sources to boost the present level of power generation in the country.
‘’In line with best practices of great companies, the core investor, Vigeo Power Limited believes that the training of workforce in the industry would improve the performance of BEDC and ultimately build capacity in the newly growing power sector.

Chief Corporate Services Officer and facilitator of the training partnership, Mrs. Kunbi Labiyi, said: “This brought about the decision of the Board to establish a training academy to assist Benin Disco and indeed the power sector in reducing the existing knowledge gap and injecting young workforce into the industry,”
At the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, BEDC, Mrs. Funke Osibodu, said, ‘’Vigeo Power Limited believes that the training of the workforce in the industry would improve the performance of the company and ultimately build capacity in the newly growing power sector’’.

During the on-the-job training, the graduate trainees were rotated across the various departments of BEDC to gather hands on experience after which classroom training began. The trainees received trainings in all aspects of power, covering electricity generation, transmission, distribution, repair and maintenance, billing and metering and customer care.

The graduation ceremony of the Vigeo Power Academy Programme/Elizade University graduate Trainee programme (GTP) held recently at the Best Western Hotel, Benin City.

The 116 trainees decked in safety kits engaged in colourful procession and thrilled the audience with drills to the delight of guests which included the founder of Elizade University, Chief Michael Ade Ojo and the Chairman, Vigeo Power Limited, Victor Gbolade Osibodu.

Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Funke Osibodu said the trainee programme, the first ever in the electricity supply industry was essentially a part of overall corporate strategy to be an industry leader, adding ‘’we are the first Disco to turn out a set of management trainees who are well rounded, knowledgeable and fit to lead the revolution required to achieve the core objective of the privatization programme of the Federal Government.

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