By Dipo Olowookere
The management of Nigeria’s leading electricity distribution company, Ikeja Electric Plc, has announced the promotion of 299 employees across various job grades in the business, while employing over 500 new staff in the last one year.
This is in line with the firm’s commitment to reward productivity and also bolster efficiency within the organization.
A statement released by the electricity company explained that the promotions cut across both junior and senior staff cadres in various departments of the company’s Head Office and its six Business Units.
A breakdown of the list showed in the senior cadre, 13 employees were promoted to the role of Senior Managers, while seven others got promoted as Managers and another 15 employees ascended the career ladder to become Assistant Managers.
In addition, 121 employees moved up to become Supervisors while one person rose to Grade Level 1 Officer
Business Post gathered that in the junior cadres, 38 Technicians were elevated to Junior Grade Level 4, another 86 persons across Technical, Commercial, Security, Internal Audit and HR & Admin Departments were promoted to Junior Grade Level 3 while 17 employees were elevated to Junior Grade Level 2.
Speaking on the significance of the promotion exercise, the Chief Human Resources & Administration Officer, Ibiene Okeleke, explained that Ikeja Electric places 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, while noting that the company has employed over 500 new staff between August 2017 and now.
“At Ikeja Electric, we constantly recognize and motivate employees who are committed to delivering finest performance on the job, so this promotion exercise is part of the systems that we have put in place to motivate performance among our employees.
“It also attests to the fact that we value productivity and encourage career advancement for every employee across various departments,” she said.
She further noted that “it is also important to state that while some other sectors are experiencing huge job losses, we have employed over 500 new workers in our bid to create a more efficient workforce with the aim to ensure excellent service delivery.
“We strive to deliver the best and we are not relenting to do more, that is why we also emerged as one of the best 100 places to work in Nigeria, as indicated by the recent ranking released by Jobberman.”
According to Okeleke, other recognition and reward programs have been instituted to reward exceptional performances.
One of them is the ‘Double R’ Awards, an internal initiative which was launched early this year, is designed to reward outstanding achievements made by employees on the field. The firm, through various initiatives, also encourages creativity and work-life among its staff.
With a dedicated workforce numbering close to 3,000, Ikeja Electric occupies a key position for its privileged coverage of many industrial centres, providing services for customers spread across Alimosho, Ikorodu, Ikeja, Epe, Oshodi, Agege, Shomolu and Kosofe Local Government Areas. Parts of Yaba and Mushin are also included.
University of Ibadan Elects Prof Adebowale as 13th VC
By Adedapo Adesanya
Professor Kayode Adebowale has emerged as the 13th Vice-Chancellor of Nigeria’s premier university, the University of Ibadan, Oyo State.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of the institution’s Governing Council, Mr John Odigie-Oyegun, on Thursday at the Senate Chambers in Ibadan.
He said the Joint Council-Senate Selection Board interviewed the eight candidates shortlisted and the Professor of Chemistry, who until his appointment was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), was preferred to head the 73-year-old university.
Mr Odigie-Oyegun said: “Two representatives of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) and the representatives of the Federal Ministry of Education were in attendance.
“At the end of the very thorough, transparent and highly competitive exercise, Prof. Kayode Oyebode Adebowale emerged as the best candidate for the position of Vice-Chancellor.
“The Governing Council, at its just-concluded meeting today considered the report of the Selection Board and approved the recommendation of the Board to appoint Professor Kayode Oyebode Adebowale as the next Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan.”
Mr Odigie-Oyegun further said that the position of the VC became vacant on December 1, 2020.
In his acceptance speech, Prof Adebowale said that though, he was not the best among all the candidates, he was happy to have been appointed to the institution’s apex position and called for support from the entire university community for his administration.
The selection came almost a year after the process for the appointment of the 13th substantive vice-chancellor at the University of Ibadan was halted. Sixteen candidates had applied to lead the university.
However, the withdrawal of a former Dean, Faculty of Arts of the same institution, Professor Remi Raji-Oyelade, had reduced the number to 15.
Following a screening exercise by the Governing Council of the university, the number of contestants was pruned to eight on Wednesday.
Those who scaled through the screening on Wednesday included the Acting VC, Professor Adebola Ekanola, Professors Yinka Aderinto; Adebowale; Ademowo and Babatunde Salako.
The process of appointing the 13th vice-chancellor of the university began afresh under the newly appointed Chairman of the institution’s Governing Council.
This was due to various allegations of malpractices by various factions within the university community under the former VC, Professor Idowu Olayinka.
The new race, which commenced in the second week of July 2021, came after the decision on the cancellation of the initial process of the VC race by the new Governing Council of the University.
The initial UI VC race, which started in May 2020, ended on November 23 with the directive from the Federal Ministry of Education, through the Nigerian Universities Commission (NCC), due to various crises that marred the election of members of the Senate representatives.
Senate Confirms Justice Baba-Yusuf as FCT Chief Judge
By Sodeinde Temidayo David
The Nigerian Senate has confirmed the nomination of Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf as the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court.
President Muhammadu Buhari had last week transmitted a letter to the upper chamber of the National Assembly for the confirmation of Justice Baba-Yusuf for the position.
Mr Buhari had explained in the letter that the nomination of the respected legal practitioner was in accordance with the provision of Section 256(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigerian 1999, as amended.
At the Senate, the nomination of the judge was considered and approved following the recommendations of its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters headed by Mr Opeyemi Bamidele.
While presenting his report on Tuesday, Mr Bamidele said the judge met all the requirements expected of him.
Mr Baba-Yusuf has been holding the position in an acting capacity since August and is now recognized as the chief judge following the approval.
The development followed the resignation of Mr Salisu Garba as the chief judge of the FCT high court.
The Chief Judge is the highest judicial officer in the state and acts as a chief administrative officer as well as a spokesperson for the judicial branch.
The Chief Judge presides over oral arguments before the court and also has significant agenda-setting power over the court’s meetings.
FG to Deepen Job Creation in Green Economy
By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel
The Federal Government of Nigeria has drawn attention to the vast provision of job opportunities in the green economy of the country.
It considered the sector’s provision of creating environmentally-friendly jobs in areas such as construction, renewable energy, afforestation, and waste management, which includes e-waste.
The Minister for Labour and Employment, Mr Chris Ngige, who mentioned this at the opening of the 6th Meeting of the National Employment Council, noted that the opportunities presented, especially to youths, in this sector have not been explored enough.
Speaking on the theme Creating Environmental Friendly (Green) Jobs, the Minister, represented by the Director, Employment and Wages, Mr John Nyamale, noted that the government was committed to the large-scale installation of mini-grids and solar home systems.
He said this will be effective in a minimum of five million households not currently on the grid as part of the government’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery plan titled Bouncing Back.
The Minister, in a statement by the Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations in the ministry, Mr Charles Akpan, said that the council will discuss extensively the activities of the federal ministries of Power and Environment, in evolving strategies and innovative ideas to create decent jobs in the green economy.
“This council has the responsibility of following up on the implementation of this plan and making useful recommendations that can deepen job creation in the green economy,” he explained, urging participants to be aware of the presentations from the critical ministries.
Mr Ngige also disclosed that the council would be informed on the implementation of the afforestation program and Nigeria’s Sovereign Green Bonds by the Federal Ministry of Environment.
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