36 LEC Staff to Undergo Training in Nigeria

first_imgLEC staff along with WAPP and staff of Nigeria post for group photo shortly after the interviewThirty-six (36) employees of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) will depart the country on Wednesday, September 20, to undergo an intensive empowerment training in Nigeria as part of the West African Power Pool (WAPP) plan for Liberia.The West African Power Pool (WAPP) is a cooperation of the national electricity companies in Western Africa under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) working to establish a reliable power grid for the region and a common market for electricity.Mamadou Alpha Sylla, coordinator for the Capacity Building Program at the WAPP who spoke with reporters over the weekend in Monrovia, said he was delighted to work with the LEC, especially in the area of building the capacity of its staff.“The 36 staff will undergo intensive training in both Lagos and Abuja to ensure that they come back and are able to perform well. I think they have the potential to be trained and come back to deliver in their various departments,” he said.According to Sylla, WAPP hopes that beneficiaries of the training will be able to train their workmates upon their return to Liberia, adding that “This is part of our program in terms of training Liberia’s technicians and ensuring that they are unified in the electricity market.”For his part, Samuel M. Weedor, Sr., who works at the LEC’s transmission and distribution (T/D) of the substation, said he is excited for the opportunity the two-week training will afford him and his colleagues, adding, “I hope to see some of the substation equipment; looking at some of the challenges we face in Liberia. By seeing the equipment and practicing on them with expert instructors will help us to improve and be able to perform as well.“We have worked with LEC for number of years and I think that no other institution in Liberia is prepared to employ hundreds of technicians. With LEC, thousands can still be employed.”He noted that participating in the two-week training will be an added motivation for the employees and management to ensure that the work is done. Interestingly, Mr. Weedor said “We don’t have any school in Liberia that can teach you about substations and so it’s important that such training be organized for the staff.”The 36 employees who are expected to depart the country for Nigeria on Wednesday, September 20, 2017“We have all these equipment manufactured out of Liberia, and we have to only learn when the experts are installing them and doing other things on the machines or equipment. But that’s not enough to maintain the entire grid, because LEC is growing at a rapid speed,” he said.He continued: “I hope that we will be learning something new looking at the various departments the selection was made from. I was selected from substation training and believe that the necessary skills and knowledge to improve will be acquired. We feel happy that the management can think about us and also ensuring that our capacities are built to carry on the work.”LEC’s deputy managing director for the Rural Electrification Project, Zahnga E. Peabody, said he was excited to see 36 LEC staff leaving for Nigeria to participate in the two-week training. “We believe that this training will help to build the capacity where the gap is currently, and ensuring that our people get the power. We are seriously trying to develop our human capacity,” he said. “This is a USAID funded project. The 36 people were selected based on their competencies and commitment,” he added.He said the LEC management is committed to empower its staff and ensure that they grow to help the institution provide service to the people. On power generation, Peabody said, “We have capacities, but the issue is manpower. We don’t have capacity in terms of distribution. We have the power available and need to get it to the consumers by building more poles and ensuring that the people get the power.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img(AP Photos) Put those two key changes together, and maybe Wilks is realistic in being encouraged.“Putting David out in the slot, putting him outside at receiver I thought opened things up a little bit — having him and Chase (Edmonds) on the field at the same time,” Wilks said. “You could even go back to look at some of the things we did when we did get into a rhythm, starting with that first boot, using Josh’s athleticism to get outside the pocket, then we came back with Christian (Kirk) on the jet sweep. That’s what I envision going forward … now that you have a real mobile quarterback to do those things.“I loved the way he just commanded the offense and the way he went down the field.”JOHNSON TAKES THE BLAMEDavid Johnson has made a habit of taking blame this year, fairly or not.Sunday night, he again admitted to mental errors and a misread on the Cardinals’ third-down play just before kicker Phil Dawson missed a 45-yard field goal that would have given the Cardinals a lead.“David is a perfectionist,” Wilks said. “He wants to do it right every time. When you have players like that that (are) not really concerned with the great plays but trying to make sure they make the corrections on the ones they messed up, that’s when you’re gonna see a difference in your team. “Again just some of his protections in the pass-pro. That’s the biggest thing right now.”EXTRA POINTS— Andre Smith is expected to return (elbow) Sunday against the 49ers. Receiver Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) and cornerback Bene Benwikere are day-to-day (spine).— Wilks, on why Deone Bucannon played as the starting linebacker after playing a single defensive snap a week prior: “We just continue trying to find the right mix on defense. A guy that has good athleticism, can run, can move around. We wanted to give him an opportunity. He performed well in practice.”— Seattle scored in the first quarter on a 20-yard touchdown run by back Mike Davis that saw the Cardinals break down in coverage.“I would say we had an issue on that touchdown play where they substituted late with personnel, and we changed the call and that call was not executed or echoed throughout the defense so therefore we were playing two different coverages,” Wilks said. “That can’t happen.”Defensive end Markus Golden said it was more of a focus issue than about a learning-curve four game weeks into a new system. – / 28 TEMPE, Ariz. — Steve Wilks had the night to digest the bitter taste of a last-second loss to the Seattle Seahawks.The head coach returned to work Monday with less disappointment in his voice, even though his Arizona Cardinals sit alone as the only winless NFL team through four weeks. Not only did he sound refreshed heading into preparation for a visit to San Francisco this coming Sunday.Wilks even, believe it or not, spoke with a hopeful tone. It’s the same reason why Cardinals fans maybe, possibly could have faith in a 0-4 team after the 20-17 loss to Seattle. That reason is rookie quarterback Josh Rosen.“I’m just so encouraged based on what I saw yesterday,” Wilks said. “We got to finish now. Those guys are wide open, they got to make those catches. His ability to get outside the pocket and buy time on the sprint-outs and the boots and to move the pocket. If we are having some issues as far as protection, we can help (the line) out there.“And then you saw the glimpse of David (Johnson) and the things he can do as far as moving him around. I think our offense is getting ready to flourish.”Related LinksThe 5: Best throws from Josh Rosen’s debut as the Cardinals’ starterFeely: Blame what you want, Cardinals players need to make playsCardinals drops, Earl Thomas’ errant finger stand out vs. SeahawksThe Cardinals are 0-4 yet the biggest takeaway is cause for celebrationRosen’s performance provides rare bright spot for CardinalsFalse optimism? Maybe.Wilks time and time again during his Monday press conference went back to Rosen’s confidence in the huddle that opened up the playbook.Rosen’s numbers didn’t jump off the page. He completed 15 of 27 passes for 180 yards, but considering six passes that could be considered drops and two throwaways, his accuracy was hardly represented in the numbers.Wilks pointed to his command of pre-snap reads, citing Rosen’s adjustments that once led to a Christian Kirk screen pass on a 3rd-and-6 to set up Arizona’s first score, a field goal to pull within 7-3 in the first quarter. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 22 Comments   Share   “That was all him,” Wilks said.So too were two 30-yard passes to tight end Ricky Seals-Jones fit between defenders and into tight windows.It wasn’t just the rookie’s arm giving Wilks hope. After the game and again on Monday, Wilks spoke of Rosen’s athleticism that allowed Arizona to help its offensive line by running boot-legs.He displayed that athleticism to keep plays alive, and Wilks even credited the athleticism on a play that began with a botched snap by rookie center Mason Cole; Rosen picked the ball off the turf, rolled outside the pocket and threw the ball away to avoid a loss of yards, or even the ball.Even the opponents were impressed.“I can honestly say he would check his first read, check his second read,” safety Bradley McDougald told 710 ESPN Seattle’s John Clayton. “You could tell that he was groomed by a good quarterback coach. And he’s a lot more athletic than I thought.”Meanwhile, Johnson’s expanded role that finally saw him surpass 100 all-purpose yards was storyline No. 2. Not only did he take a season-high 22 rushes, but the running back also lined up in the slot on a handful of plays. 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