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Business News Thu, 1 Aug 2013

ECG launches initiative

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is vigorously undertaking a management performance initiative to improve the fortunes of the company. The company, which has been heavily criticized in recent times by the general public due to incompetence and low productivity, has developed what it termed the Performance Management System (PMS).

The initiative is currently being piloted in the Eastern Region, Managing Director of ECG, William Hutton-Mensah disclosed this in Ho recently. He was speaking at the 7th Quadrennial Conference of the Senior Staff Association (SSA) of the company (ECG). The conference, which brought together representatives of the association across the country, was held from 24-28 July, 2013.

It was under the theme, “Improving Performance Through Positive Attitude.” Rev. Hutton-Mensah noted that if the pilot programme succeeds, it would be rolled out come January 2014. The company has also revised and re-launched its corporate vision, mission, objectives and core values to reflect its current position.

He added that management is marketing, explaining and disseminating these initiatives to monitor employee output. He commended SSA for leading the campaign to ensure positive change. The President of SSA, Samuel Boadu assured management of ECG of the support of SSA to positively transform the company.

He therefore urged management not to hesitate to crack the whip if any staff misconducts him or herself. This, he said, would help improve mobilization of revenue, power distribution and public confidence.

Mr. Boadu announced that the Association has over the last four years acquired over 120 acres of land for staff for a housing project, mall and multipurpose school complex. Plans are underway to support every region to establish a club house for the relaxation and fitness of members.

The special guest of honour, Perpetua Darfoor, who is also the Board Chairperson of ECG, noted that despite the challenges ECG remains one of the best in Africa. She appealed to the Senior Staff of the company which comprise about 70% of the workforce to develop ECG.

She also urged them to form a think tank to evolve strategies to develop ECG. A Deputy Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Benjamin Dagadu called for improved cooperation between staff and senior management in the operational areas.

He also commended ECG for its sterling performance in resolving the intermittent power outage.

Source: Daily Guide