The Ministry of Energy with a Vision to build the capacity of the nationís young Engineers has funded a comprehensive external training through SALINI for the countryís electro-mechanic engineers in Hydropower operations and maintenance.
Chairing the farewell meeting the Ministry organized for the 9 Hydropower Engineers on Monday 14th March 2016 at the Ministerís office in Freetown, Permanent secretary Zainab Buya-Kamara was quick to caution the trainees that the golden opportunity given to them must be judiciously utilized. She continued that the Engineers would have to write individual reports and certificates will be given based on merit. The blunt Permanent secretary even ended that a clause would be signed between the Ministry and the Engineers for the training and for them to come back and serve the nation for some time.
Addressing all present, Minister Henry Macauley stated that it was time for government to start proper implementation of the local content policy and that was why his Ministry has taken the lead since 2012 when it deployed 12 engineering graduates at the Bumbuna dam for training by the SALINI Experts. He warned them to be very serious on their training as they have to take over the operations and maintenance of the countryís Hydropower plants.
The 9 Hydro Engineers are going to be externally trained and exposed to complex and mighty Hydropower plants in Ethiopia for 30 days. It will be a lot of exposure on field visits and experiments according to the SALINI project Director, Luciano Bosso who delivered a summary of the training schedule.
Deputy Minister of Energy 1, Ing. Hassan Barrie who is in charge of EGTC also impressed the trainees with engineering jargons adding that when an opportunity is given to you, you maximize your effort and Engineering is all about applicability in the field. He ended that managerial skills are also key for the Ministry to choose Managers in the near future from the Hydro engineers. Director General of EGTC, Ing. Denis Garvie and Director General Ing. Timbo of EDSA also made meaningful contributions on ethics, aggressiveness to learn and seriousness to come and deliver. A trainee, Ing. Abu Bakarr Jalloh delivered the vote of thanks and promised that they would not let the ministry and their profession down.
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