China trains 60 Nigerians on transformer manufacturing

The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), has on Tuesday deployed 60 of its engineers to China for a four -month training on manufacturing of transformers in Nigeria.

In a statement issued by NASENI Deputy Director (Information), Olusegun Ayeoyenikan, he said the training is targeted at establishing a fully indigenous transformer plant to be operated and managed by Nigerians with local content as priority.

This, according to the statement, is a major leap towards establishing the federal government’s proposed transformer manufacturing plant and high voltage testing laboratory in Nigeria.

The transformer manufacturing plant and testing laboratory are to be located at the Power Equipment and Electrical Machinery Development Institute (PEEMADI), an institute under NASENI located in Okene, Kogi state.

Executive Vice Chairman of NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Haruna, expressed joy while addressing the trainees before leaving Nigeria, saying that he feels fulfilled that a new phase in the journey toward having Nigeria’s own transformer manufacturing plant and high voltage testing laboratory has opened with the departure of the engineers to China.

He appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, for the confidence reposed in NASENI and its management to facilitate the project.

He also expressed his gratitude to the Chinese Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), a major partner in the implementation of the project.

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