The new Chairman of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), Mr. Oritsedere Otubu visited some stakeholders in the power industry in Abuja earlier this week. This was in line with Mr. Otubu’s agenda to foster cordial relations with stakeholders following his appointment as the new chairman of the leading electricity distribution company in Nigeria last month.
Accompanied by the Company’s MD/CEO Engr. Adeoye Fadeyibi; EKEDC Director, Ernest Oji; and some members of the management team, the Chairman visited the Ministry of Power, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Niger Delta Power Holding Company, and the Nigerian Electricity Liability Management Company (NELMCO).
This information was released via an official statement signed by the Company’s General Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr. Godwin Idemudia. He stated that the focus of the new chairman is to improve the exemplary relationship between Eko DisCo and the stakeholders in the power sector as well as consolidate the achievements of his predecessor.
At the meetings, Mr. Otubu appreciated the efforts of the various stakeholders towards Eko Disco and assured them of the Company’s support to improve electricity supply in the country.
He said, ‘this visit is essential to us as we want our stakeholders to see us for who we are. We want to be more involved in the various plans and projects by the Government in strengthening our network. It is important for us to work in collaboration with stakeholders to identify areas where we can get things better and effectively supply power to our customers. Eko DisCo must not only show that it is the leading Disco but also prove that the privatisation process of the power sector is a success.’
The Chairman also cited the recent power supply issue in Lagos due to the drop in generation which led to frequent load shedding in many areas under the DisCo. He described the network as a strategic one growing rapidly because of increased industrial and commercial activities which have brought about the demand for more power supply. Hence, the inability to even meet up with the existing demand poses a real crisis for the DisCo.
At the Federal Ministry of Power, the Chairman was welcomed by the Minister of Power, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu who congratulated Mr. Otubu on his appointment. The Minister aligned with the Chairman’s call for more collaboration by the actors in the power sector and stated his confidence in the DisCo based on its track record of performance in the NESI especially on financial remittance. He also explained that the Federal Government is currently working on projects to expand the capacity of the national grid to better serve not only Lagos but also the entire country.
The Director General of BPE, Mr. Alex Okoh also congratulated Mr. Otubu on his appointment, and expressed his satisfaction towards the drive for more collaboration with stakeholders by EKEDC Chairman. He stated that he is confident in the capacity and the competence of the new chair to take EKEDC to a greater level.
Mr. Okoh emphasised that Eko DisCo occupies a strategic franchise area in the power industry, thus such agenda is significant to the national economy and ensure that the intention of the privatisation process in making the sector more favourable to consumers and investors is achieved. He said he was impressed by how the Disco handled the recent power supply issues in Lagos and called on the other Discos to emulate such performance and carry along the Bureau in their decision-making process especially on key issues affecting the industry.
In his statement to the Eko DisCo team, Engr. Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, the MD/CEO of TCN explained the importance of having adequate power supply in Lagos as the State consumes more than 50% of the power generated. He equally assured Mr. Otubu that TCN will involve the Disco on the several ongoing projects to improve the electricity infrastructure as well as meet the Disco’s request of receiving more allocation from the national grid.
As a result of this visit, Eko Disco has assured its customers across its network of many development projects to improve service delivery and empower the quality of lives. Achieving an effective collaboration with the stakeholders, as the Chairman has stated, will move the power sector forward to meet the expectations of Nigerians.