In keeping with its commitment to drive service excellence through robust human capital profiling and development, Ikeja Electric, Nigeria’s largest electricity distribution company has promoted 74 staff, and employed 603 staff between January 2015 and February 2016.
Head of Corporate Communications, Felix Ofulue, said 74 others were promoted across different functions of the business as part of the company’s drive to ensure that it has a pool of competent and capable resources to manage modern trends in efficient power distribution and seamless service delivery, in a human capital exercise which was part of the company’s strategic steps aimed at re positioning, focusing on aligning the company’s structure with its operating model and optimizing human capital capacity for better efficiency.
229 employees of the company were affected in the disengagement exercise after they failed to meet the required parameters for the company’s performance assessments and were deemed to be performing below mandatory performance objectives.
Ofulue also revealed that there was an ongoing recruitment of young engineering graduates to enhance sustainability of the business, whilst creating a platform for grooming future leaders of the sector.
The promotions and additions are part of the company’s drive to ensure that it has a pool of competent and capable resources to manage the legacy challenges the company is currently facing and also to position it as the provider of choice wherever energy is consumed.
At Ikeja Electric, we place a high premium on human capital development as a vital component of driving its commitment to providing the best possible service to customers within its network.
Ofulue responding to the recent reports by the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees and the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Matters which had alleged the company disengaged 400 employees inappropriately. He said;
We will like to state that the number of employees that were disengaged was 229 and not 400 as earlier reported. In accordance with best practice, employees in the organization went through a thorough, transparent and objective performance assessment exercise and those that were deemed to be performing below the required performance objectives were exited from the organization.
This is also to ensure that Ikeja Electric maintains an assemblage of the right staff in the right roles that are equipped to perform optimally.
He noted that Ikeja Electric will continue to implement robust human capital optimization policies that are geared towards promoting efficiency and service excellence.
As part of the company’s plans for career progression of its employees, Ofulue revealed that specific and generic learning and development programmes, which hitherto were unavailable prior to the company’s privatization in 2013, are ongoing and mandatory for all categories of employees.