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NEDCo in Upper East Region partially withdraws services to demand removal of MD

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The Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCO) has partially withdrawn its services in all its administrative areas. The partial withdrawal of services is in protestation of the Managing Director of the company. 

When William Asare, the Upper East Regional Billing and Revenue Protection Manager of NEDCO spoke to Mark Smith on the Day Break Upper East Show today, Thursday, February 16, 2023, he mentioned that partial services have been withdrawn since last week. 

“Yes, in pressing home our demand for the removal of our Managing Director, last Wednesday, we did a partial withdrawal of services. We are currently to report to the office, resolve issues in the office and then attend to emergencies. Apart from these, all other services have been withdrawn,” he said. 

Osmani Aludiba Ayuba, the Managing Director of NEDCo, according to the staff, has been very inefficient in the delivery of his duties. Under his watch, Mr. Asare explained that NEDCo has failed to devise and implement  strategies that would deal directly with revenue losses within NEDCo.

“NEDCO is on its knees. For sometime now, we have been trying to engage management to come out with a blueprint that would really rally staff around to help turn around our diminishing finances. Mr. Ayuba was appointed somewhere in 2019 to help turn around our finances. For the three and half years that he has been in charge, our finances have become worse and we are struggling to pay our debtors.”

Mr. Asare indicated that for NEDCo to overcome its challenges, the head of the organisation, in this case, Mr. Ayuba is expected to, in conjunction with the staff, draw up strategies that would help the company minimise losses, cut unnecessary expenditure, maximise profits and run efficiently. All the attributes Mr. Ayuba does not possess, according to Mr. Asare. 

“Unfortunately, NEDCo is not working with any strategy to the extent that we are just spending left, right and that has occasioned an expenditure of over $40 million. At the end of the day, it doesn’t translate in any improvements in our performance.”

Additionally, NEDCo has not been able to fully implement tariffs announced by the PURC last year in parts of the Northern region. The MD has failed to deal with the issue, Mr. Asare said. 

He continued to say that in Tamale alone, NEDCo loses about 47 percent of its revenue. 

While negotiations are ongoing, Mr. Asare said NEDCO staff remain resolute in the demand for the removal of the MD, Osmani Aludiba Ayuba.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana





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