Dr. Sanda, EKEDC MD, Top Executives Sacked

…Rekhiat Momoh takes over as Acting CEO

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has sacked Dr. Tinuade Sanda, Managing Director, Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) with top executives, who are all seconded staff from West Power & Gas Ltd (owner of EKEDC), insisting that all direct staff of DisCos must be under the employment and unified service conditions under market rules.

Dr. Sanda has been replaced with Mrs. Rekhiat Momoh as the acting Chief Executive Officer (Acting CEO) with effect from Tuesday, March 26, 2024.

This was disclosed in a letter signed by Dere Otubu, EKEDC Board Chairman, revealing that the latest development was in compliance with the directive from NERC.

In the statement, Otubu stated: “We have received a directive from NERC stating that all staff working for the utility must be employed directly by the utility, bound by applicable service conditions that are applicable to the employees of the utility, and paid through the utility payroll.”

He added: the DisCo is obligated to comply with these directives due to the power of NERC as stipulated in the Electricity Act 2023. In compliance with the aforementioned directive, all seconded from WPG Ltd are being released by Eko Electricity Distribution Plc and returned to WPG Ltd.

“Accordingly, you are hereby relieved of your role, office and position at Eko Electricity Distribution Plc effectively immediately, and returned to your employer, WPG Ltd.”

According to reports there had been issues of alleged infractions within the top management of EKEDC, accusing one of the top staff of WPG of facilitating ghost workers and profiting from illicit activities to the detriment of the utility company.

A petition from Ayiwe Peter, an Acting Principal Manager Community Relations/CSR, addressed to the Chairman/ Board of EKEDC, called for the removal of WPG secondees, implicated in the financial losses experienced by the DisCo.

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