Electricity Distribution Companies in Nigeria will soon start a Certification process for their workforce to improve performance, productivity and ensure standardization of competency skills and check loses, the certification proposed to begin with the Line Workers and Customer Relations Officers is ranked in three stages of bronze, silver and gold for growth chart. 

To this end, the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED) and the Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) are collaborating with national and international partners like Association of Power Utility of Africa (APUA), African Network of Center of Excellence in Electricity (ANCEE) and National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) to improve the capacities of the over 21,000 workforce in the power sector.   

ANED’S Human Resource Project Coordinator, Mr Rotimi Adebari who disclosed this at Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company’s (IBEDC) Head Office while presenting an Award of Recognition to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Engr. John Ayodele for his support and commitment to human capital development in the power industry gave IBEDC a thumbs-up for training over 1,723 of its personnel in two years.

Engr. Ayodele applauded ANED for projecting the electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) and government efforts on electricity in a good light and said the award is “a wake-up call to do more and to ensure that IBEDC moves from 3rd to the 1st position on human capital development index.”

Ayodele further said, “the cost of ignorance is too steep a price to pay in any society” and urged the Federal Government and other stakeholders to better equip the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) to carter for the energy gap in the industry.