The Dangote Group’s Academy has joined forces with a leading German engineering firm, Haver Boecker, in a bid to improve skill acquisition. According to a statement released by the Group, the partnership became necessary in view of the fact that Nigerian engineering graduates faced skills challenge. It said the Dangote Academy was established to address the industrial skills gap in the country. “It is worrisome that the prevailing academic structure in Nigeria has not been sufficiently linked to the needs of the industry. As such industries are finding it difficult to source technical manpower and skills as per required quality and number,” it said. Mr. Guido Neu and Klaus Siewecke of Haver-Boecker paid a facility tour to the Dangote Obajana Plant and its education arm, the Dangote Academy, last week. Taking the German engineers on a tour round the plant and Academy, the Head of the Dangote Academy, Mr. Paramjit Pabby, said the Dangote Group is set on leading the way in Nigeria’s industrialisation effort. Speaking at the Dangote Cement, Obajana plant, Mr. Klaus Siewecke of Haver-Boecker told newsmen that the 127 year-old German Company, Haver Boecker, was partnering with Dangote Group to help create a training concept to be used in the Academy. Last week, Dangote, in collaboration with Blackstone Energy announced a commitment to jointly invest up to $5 billion (825 billion) over the next five years in energy infrastructure projects across Sub-Saharan Africa with a particular emphasis on power, transmission and pipeline projects. The investment was facilitated by Black Rhino, a portfolio company of Blackstone Energy Partners and affiliated funds managed by Blackstone and Dangote Industries.