As part of a deliberate policy to boost human capital development of its operations, the management of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) injected 121 new engineers into its fold on Monday.
The initiative is geared towards enhancing efficiency and effectiveness of the establishment’s operations.
BusinessDay reports that the injection of new blood of technical staff to the power company was occasioned by the graduation ceremony organized for the 121 graduate trainees that had just graduated from the Viego Power Academy/Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin in Ondo state.
Viego Power Academy had last year signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the authorities of Elizade University to train technical and other personnel that would positively change the power sector.
In her speech at the graduation ceremony in Benin- City, managing director of BEDC, Funke Osibodu noted that the initiative was the first of its kind in the electricity supply industry in the country.
She also noted that the company was the first in the history of electricity supply chains in the country to turn out a set of management trainees that are well grounded, knowledgeable and fit to lead the nation’s power sector.
Osibodu represented by Abu Ejoor, Executive Director (Commercial), BEDC however assured that the management will sustain its human capital development training with a view to further enhance its ability to meet customers yearning and needs.
She posited that the initiative was geared towards achieving the core objectives of the federal government in the realization of adequate and steady power supply.
She disclosed that the graduation ceremony was the product of a partnership that works for the development of critical resources of human capital between Viego Power Academy and Elizade University.
Osibodu further added that the partnership was aimed at providing competence training that would satisfy consumer’s yearnings in the area of services delivery, management of relationship with customers especially those in the rural areas.
She said the objective was to develop competence managers that would in the future take up higher responsibilities in the company.
She said the trainees who were between the ages of 24 and 30 years are mostly from University and Polytechnic graduates spread across Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Computer Engineering.
Others are Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Accounting, Statistics and Mathematics.
She however assured customers of BEDC of adequate power supply in spite of the myriads of challenges confronting electricity distribution companies in the country.
Source: Asoko Insight