Port Harcourt — The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution, PHED, has recruited 355 new hires into its workforce in line with its recently reviewed organizational structure, for improved service delivery to customers.
The newly recruited employees were drawn from Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers states where the company is licensed to distribute power supply in accordancewith the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC’s extant laws.
Unveiling the newly recruits in Port Harcourt, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of PHED, Dr. Henry Ajagbawa, said that the new inductees would be trained on the business model of the company, stressing the need to account for every energy sold to the customers.
Ajagbawa who stressed the need for intelligent and hard work, charged the new hires to imbibe the culture of integrity and performance as there was no short cut to success.
According to him, “You need to have the spirit of I-can-do-it mentality including what you aspire to be in the future.
“In PHED, we have the culture of integrity and zero tolerance for corruption and that is why we are regarded as a tribe with common goals, culture and same kind of behaviour.
“You are therefore, welcome to PHED Tribe. This is a new and young PHED where we intend to build from the scratch. We have started purging out corruption in order to inject freshness into the system.”
The PHED boss cited an example of subjecting himself to scrutiny if found deviating from the set standards, while frowning at the rising wave of energy theft and meter bypass in the system, a situation he said if not checked may cripple the existence of electricity industry.
He described the situation as worrisome and unacceptable and therefore, charged the new hires to ensure that every customer would be captured and monitored in order to reduce theft drastically in the network.
Speaking on behalf of the new recruits, Mr. Raymond Osueni, commended the management of PHED for the employment and promised to bring his skillset to bear in making PHED the number one Disco in the country.
Also speaking, Manager, Corporate Communications, John Onyi, explained that road to hiring the 355 across PHED franchise area was rigorous and transparent, where the positions were advertised and interviews were conducted at various stages before the final selection.
Onyi added that the hiring of the new employees has in very clear terms, laid credence to Dr. Ajagbawa’s statement that PHED had no intention of disengaging 120 of its workforce as was widely circulated by mischief makers.