By Nafiu Kabir
Head, Commercial Services, Engr. Aliyu Abbas has charged staff of Kebbi Regional Office to make concerted efforts to improve the revenue from the region.
Engr. Abbas gave the charge during a Monthly Assessment visit to the region. He challenged the staff on the need to reassess some of the areas where revenue collection is low and devise ways of improving them.
He noted that the responsibility of improving the Region’s fortune would take a deliberate effort, which according to him will greatly affect their Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
“The days of giving excuses are over and excuses are no longer acceptable. Excuses don’t pay bills neither do they service the value chain. It is your duty to find how to shore up your revenue”.
Explaining further, Abbas tasked the marketing staff to look at the report of the Aggregate Technical, Commercial and Collection loses (ATC&C) which shows that our losses are still as high as 75% and with this, he pointed out it was obvious that the company is seriously running at a loss.
One the issue of burnt meters as an excuse for poor collection, Abbas told them to be aware of the activities of dubious customers who intentionally destroy their meters in order to avoid paying bills.
“Cases of burnt meters must be properly investigated in order to protect customers with genuine cases. Metered customers must be properly monitored to ensure that we get maximum collection. All other means of ensuring huge cash collection must be explored by all staff.”
For customers complaining of overbilling, Engr. Abbas said they must be properly evaluated, as he has always wondered why he has never received a complaint of under billing. These are the areas that must be given attention so that we can reduce collection losses, he pointed out.
The Business Development and Regional Officer, Engr. Dogara Saidu who was part of the meeting, admonished the staff to pay attention to Green Feeders- where the highest revenue are expected, in order to effect a change in strategy where the need may arise.
ICT Staff Send Forth Bahaudeen Mashi
By Jamila Bala
Staff of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) recently sent forth their colleague Mr. Bahaudeen Mashi at Safaha Plaza, Unguwar Rimi, Kaduna.
Mashi who is currently the Team Lead System Administration, ICT Department, was treated to an evening of accolades and honor.
Mashi who has worked in the power sector for over 20 years will be taking a bow at the end of November 2018 to pursue other personal business concern.
Responding, the celebrant thanked everyone in attendance especially those whom he said have contributed to the success of his career, while hinting that he will be pursing interest that will serve his people.
“I am grateful to all the people I have met along my career path, a lot of them have impacted on this journey; I remain grateful to them. Also, I intend to dedicate more in serving my people”.
His colleagues took turns to speak about him and most who spoke described him as jovial, respectful, hardworking.
Others reeled out some of his accomplishments, including his leadership qualities, which many described as “sterling”.
The ambience was nothing short of cozy with lots of drinks, snacks, styled dances and activities like riddles and jokes, “know your colleagues”. There was presentation of gifts and a Question and Answer session to wrap up the event.
In attendance were representatives from Corporate Communications, Admin, Human Resources, Metering and Commercial Departments.
Kaduna Electric Supports Reduction of Maternal Mortality
By Jamila Bala
As a socially responsible brand, Kaduna Electric has joined the call to combat the scourge of maternal mortality that is currently ravaging the land.
The company responded by collaborating with Amana Hope & Care initiative. Amana Hope & Care Initiative is a non-governmental organization whose goal is to combat the maternal mortality epidemic.
This year’s programme is targeted at covering 6 rural communities across the three Senatorial Districts of Kaduna state to sensitize communities, identify their basic healthcare needs and challenges, with a view to drawing public attention and eliciting intervention.
Speaking at one of the communities visited, Hajiya Farida Abubakar, Chairperson of the Initiative said the NGO is poised to address the plight of vulnerable women and children, particularly the rate of death recorded during child birth and the challenge in accessing basic health care services. She also express hope that the program will provide a platform for enlisting public support and intervention towards salvaging the plight of such communities.
The NGO, according to her, “is a nonpartisan organization, we fund all our projects and activities from contributions and donations made by members’’.
She went further to thank the management of Kaduna Electric for its financial contributions while calling on other well-meaning Nigerians, government and corporate bodies to assist underprivileged persons in the country.
Responding, the company’s Head of Corporate Communications, Abdulazeez Abdullahi said: “All hands must be on deck to address the scourge and find ways to eliminate it totally. Our women are not supposed to be dying from child birth and as a corporate body we lend our voice to this cause while urging other corporate bodies to do same”.
ICT Trains HQ Staff on SharePoint
By Halima Shuaibu
Following the recent automation of business processes in the company, the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Department has organized a one-day training on SharePoint for Head Office staff.
The training was to acquaint staff with SharePoint online App. The App was designed to address all the day to day needs of staff and department operations that hitherto involved the use of paper and cumbersome processes.
SharePoint provides automated solution to Admin, Human Resources, Finance & Account and ICT with aim of improving business operations.
The participants were shown how to use Admin portal to book for meetings, the HR Leave Form used to raise a leave request, Finance & Accounts to deal with retirement issues.
The training, which was an interactive one, had some participants asking questions and suggesting new ideas to improve the App.
The ICT had on different occasions raised concerns about the implementation of the Solutions it has developed hence the need for the training which is to erase the excuse of inadequate knowledge of its usage.
Speaking shortly after the training, one of the Facilitators, Asmau Abdulkadir said the training is very important considering how much it will help the company’s operation. As a member of the team who designed the App, she said a thorough need-assessment had been carried out to ensure that the App was designed to address the peculiar need of each department.