The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, has declared that it would no longer condone incompetent members of staff.
It has, therefore, vowed that such staff would be disengaged and new ones recruited to meet the company’s target of quality service to the people.
The chairman of the company, Chief Emeka Ofor, made this known during the EEDC maiden special recognition of some of its staff.
At the event held in Enugu, Chief Ofor commended the 22 members of staff for their efforts to improve the service delivery to customers, urging them to double their effort to support the company.
Offor, who lamented the huge amount invested in the company without any dividend for five years, disclosed that the company has only achieved 6% of its target in 5 years.
He said that some staff contributed to the loss as they connived with customers who don’t want to pay their bill and turn their eyes from what they were supposed to do.
“Today, we are at the final stage of 2018; we took over this company in November 2013. When the Federal Government, FG, was handing over the company to us, the intention was that the Disco will make progress and since then, we have been having a lot of issues.
“From 2013 to 2018 is 5 years and we have been able to achieve 6% of our target, which means what we are achieving is not acceptable before me.
“We have a lot of issues that we are passing through because you have people who are not doing exactly what they should do,”he said..
Bemoaning the high rate of power theft, he said, “We have members of staff who connive with customers who don’t want to pay their bills, we have some who are neck deep in corruption, we have some who turn their eyes in what they are supposed to do and do illegal connections, that is what is causing these problems,”
“I have no regret but by January 2019, the game is going to change and it must change for good. We have people who are doing these works and you can see that some of those people are inefficient and not doing what they are supposed to be doing. We will have no option, instead of keeping these people, we will look for competent hands to support the company or else we lose the investment”, Ofor said.
Earlier in an address by the Managing director, Okey Nwosu, commended the beneficiaries for their effort towards achieving success and urged those who couldn’t meet the criteria to show commitment.
Nwosu regretted the death of one of the staff in the line of duty and disclosed that the company had launched safety initiative to make sure that the staff would be completely accident free while discharging their duties.
He pointed out that the company would make the safety tips discussion as the first interaction in any gathering by the company to allow the staff internalise the important of safety.
Nwosa, who disclosed that the company would become the number one electricity distribution company in the country, stated that they would use all the indices to attain success.