State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources (MPEMR) Nasrul Hamid on Friday said the country's power sector professionals should be prepared to overcome the challenges towards supplying uninterrupted power at affordable price.
"The workforce related to the power sector should be trained well to make the country's power generation and distribution system more efficient and cost effective," he said.
The State Minister was addressing a seminar to observe 'National Energy Security Day-2019', organised by the ministry at the Petrobangla auditorium in the city's Karwanbazar.
The Chairman of the standing committee on MPEMR Shahiduzzaman Sarker spoke on the occasion as special guest while Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) Chairman Md Shamsur Rahman, Petrobangla Chairman Md Ruhul Amin also spoke with Energy and Mineral Resources Division Secretary Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem in the chair.
Speaking at the programme, Nasrul Hamid said there are two key challenges ahead in the country's power and energy sector - one is uninterrupted supply of power and another is making it affordable for the users.
Emphasising on need for proper leadership, he said all the power sector departments should make effective action plans to tackle future challenges.
The government will provide whatever support is required, he said.
Criticising short foreign tours for training by power sector officials, he said, "Around 60 per cent of the files I sign everyday is related to foreign tours and whenever I see a seven or ten-day foreign training package, I assume these will not come to any use."
"I wrote notes on some files asking the officials going on foreign tours to give a presentation on their training after coming back but I got none till date," he added.
BPC and Petrobangla authority should take preparation shortly to identify what type of workforce is needed to operate future projects like coal-fired power plants, deep sea pipelines, new projects of Eastern Refinery etc.
Petrobangla General Manager Shahnewaz Parvez, Sustainable & Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA) member Siddique Zobair and 'Energy and Power' Editor Mollah Amzad Hossain also spoke on the occasion.