It Takes Planning To Provide Logistics Support - Mustapha T. Ibrahim
CCD: Can we have your brief profile?
MTI: My name is Mustapha Tanko Ibrahim, I am an indigene of Sokoto State; I did my Primary and Secondary Schools in Wammako Local Government and Federal Science College, Sokoto respectively. I then proceeded to Kaduna Polytechnic where I obtained my HND in Purchasing and Supply.
CCD: When did you joined Kaduna Electric?
MTI: I joined Kaduna Electric in November 2017, as a Quality Assurance and Revenue Protection Officer before moving to Administration & Security Department.
CCD: As an Admin & Security Officer, what relationship do you have with the security agencies?
MTI: As the name implies, the Admin & Security Department work hand in hand with the security agencies to ensure adequate protection of the Company’s assets and installations and even the lives of the personnel; we have cordial relationship with all the security agencies; when ever we need any assistance from them, a phone call is enough to get their presence in the particular place they are needed. In a nutshell, our responsibility is to provide conducive business environment for both the staff and the customers and guarantee the safety of the Company’s property and its personnel at all times and this can best be achieved with the full cooperation of all security agencies on ground. I must confess that we have enjoyed wonderful cooperation from the Nigerian Police, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp, the judiciary, etc. These agencies have been very supportive.
CCD: What do you consider as a major challenge in Admin & Security Department?
MTI: The major challenge we have in Admin & Security Department is that most often, request and demands for logistic supports comes without notice. Whenever anyone or unit needs something from us, they are always in a hurry and failure to do it is unacceptable. Any little lapse may result to a total failure to the department. Providing logistic support require good planning and we can only effectively plan, if we are notified ahead of time. We handle staff healthcare, logistics, protocol, facility etc., so this makes us the engine room of the Company; Another challenge is that, we also experienced delay in the payment of allowances to security personnel engaged to provided security protection to the Company’s personnel on official trip to places with high security risk.
CCD: How can we improve the performance of the Company?
MTI: Revenue generation is the key in improving the Company’s performance because without increasing our revenue we won’t go forward as a Company; training and orientation are also very vital to the productivity of the workers, and also let’s improve customers’ relationship in terms of improved power supply.
CCD: What is your greatest strength?
MTI: My greatest strength is my ability to negotiate and come to common ground with opposing parties and good time keeping. I have this natural persuasive talent and I always patiently pursue a cause I believe in. I am also a good team player.
CCD: What do you consider as your major achievement since you assumed duty?
MTI: My major achievement after assumption of duties is negotiation with HealthStone to enroll more hospitals in Gusau. Initially there were only few hospitals enrolled in Zamfara Region and the workers encountered difficulty to get medical attention whenever they are in need. I did all I could to get more hospitals enrolled by HealthStone and the staff in Gusau are now happy with this achievement and I also gain more experience on administrative work apart from my area of discipline.
CCD: Any appeal or suggestion to the management or staff?
MTI: My appeal to Staff is we should all be dedicated to our work; we should also make integrity our watch words. The Company can only make progress if the workforce is committed and dedicated. As for the Management, they should reciprocate by showing appreciation to us when the performance is outstanding. A highly motivated workforce is the most valuable asset to any company.
“ our responsibility is to provide conducive business environment for both the staff and the customers and guarantee the safety of the Company’s property and its personnel at all times and this can best be achieved with the full cooperation of all security agencies.”