Some members of the Board of Directors of the National Power Authority (NPA) led by its chairperson Maude Peacock and General Manager Zubairu Kaloko has met with the Technical Advisor of GTZ Barbara Jung to reinvent the NPA training school.
The NPA training school was established in 1985 by the German government through GTZ, and co-financed by GTZ and the government of Sierra Leone.
GTZ provided infrastructure including machinery, tools for the training and NPA paid instructors salaries.
Maude Peacock said that “the need for capacity for reliable supply of electricity in Sierra Leone is high especially with the incoming of Bumbuna”.
She added “as a developing nation considering our position in the human development index a change from that position depends on our ability to produce and our ability to sustain what we have produced.”
Peacock highlighted the provision of reliable, cost effective, sustainable, environmentally, compliant energy to satisfy the present and future needs of all sectors of the people of Sierra Leone, through private and public partnership including international assistance, which are the dreams of President Koroma.
The chairperson maintained that, capacity building is one of the strategies for actualizing that dream, adding that realization of that dream is considered the bedrock of national development.
“We are here to ask you to help us rejuvenate the training school as it used to be before” she said “and even more … we want you to reinvent the training school.”
“We promise to sustain it; we will do all to transform it from a training school to a training college, review the curriculum, link it with the National Council for the accreditation of Certificates (NCTVA) thus linking our educational system to the needs of our nation”, she said.
NPA Technical Director M Timbo noted that 6 NPA staff were trained in Germany and on their return the school was run by them together with 3 expatriates.
Timbo pointed out that the 10 years civil conflict destroyed this arrangement, particularly when GTZ started drawing down their support to the school.
Initially, he said it was a tuition free situation for students who were primarily trained for NPA.
At the moment the school is barely functioning and requires huge investment to get it back on its original position and to develop to higher heights.
NPA General Manager, Zubairu Kaloko said that training of electricians and technicians will improve on the supply of electricity in the country.
He added that one of his goals is to partner with other utility schools in some countries for training of staffs. In response, GTZ Technical Advisor Barbara Jung said that the economy cannot develop without electricity. She welcomed and assured the board that she will look in to their proposal to reinvent the training school.