From Lateef Taiwo
A major management shake-up has been announced in Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC.
A statement credited to the new top management of AEDC under its Acting Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, MD/CEO, Victor Ojelabi, and made available to newsmen described the development as “a major realignment and appointments of fresh hands and those with in depth knowledge of the working of the organisation/network”.
Unveiling the changes made, the statement said “In furtherance of the implementation of the Board-approved AEDC Turnaround Plan, please be advised of the following key updates in our dear company, as we move to reposition AEDC as the clear market leader in the Nigerian electricity distribution.”
Consequently, Godfrey Abah has been appointed Chief Technical Officer, CTO, to be responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of the Company’s technical operations to ensure efficient operations and optimal network performance. His appointment takes effect immediately.
And in what the statement called Restructuring of the Chief Business Officer, CBO, Role, Leticia Ejendu has been appointed as one and first of three CBOs within the new CBO structure.
“The Chief Business Officer role has been restructured to provide the right executive attention and drive for our districts, ensure end-to-end energy accounting and improve customer experience. We will now have 3 Chief Business Officers reporting to the MD/CEO directly.
“Leticia Ejendu has been appointed as one of the 3 Chief Business Officers, within the new CBO structure. She will oversee the other regions pending the appointment of the other two CBOs. Her appointment takes effect immediately,” the AEDC management said.
In a like manner, Ibem Idika
has been appointed Head, Human Resources, HR, and charged with being responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing the HR policies across the company as well as implementation of the company’s talent strategy. He takes over from the acting Head, Human Resources and will be resuming immediately.
Also, Irene Nwankwo got appointed Chief Internal Auditor effective immediately, to be responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of governance, risk management and internal control arrangements and playing a key role in promoting good corporate governance in the Company. Her appointment takes effect immediately.
Appointed in acting capacity pending the resumption of the substantive heads of the areas were Mimi Angyu, Branding and Corporate Communication, Sasi Jaja, Regulatory and Government Relation, respectively.
In his remarks, the AEDC Actg MD/CEO said, “Please join me in congratulating all on their new appointments, especially Godfrey Abah and Leticia Ejendu, who have been promoted from within, showcasing our commitment to employee growth.
“I strongly believe that their appointments will strengthen our executive management cadre and add significant value to the company’s strategic objectives,” adding that
further announcements would be made as they fill up all the critical roles while urging everyone to remain committed and dedicated to working towards making AEDC the leading distribution company in Nigeria.
While wishing the new management the best of luck, the AEDC boss expressed the hope that the new changes in management would provide windows of opportunities to take AEDC back to its place of pride.
AEDC began operations and business of power distribution in the month of November, 2013 as one of the 11 electricity distribution companies (DisCos) initially licensed to operate in the country’s post-privatisation era.
Within the ten years of operation, AEDC which now has its 6th head in the present Acting MD/CEO, Victor Ojelabi, has had a checkered outing in that on one hand, it recorded some landmark achievements, even as it still has a lot to do going forward to overcome the challenges, in the areas of management, service delivery and customer satisfaction, metering, revenue optimisation, billing and collection efficiencies, ATC & C losses among others.