In a statement issued by its head of corporate communication, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, the company alleged that some members of the immediate past management team of the company and some of those who lost the bidding process were among those behind the efforts.
The statement reads in part, “We have gathered reliably also that some members of the immediate past managemnt of this company have been sponsoring some segment of staff to sabotage our efforts. We also know that they have been using a faction of the labour union to sponsor unrest in our offices. This is completely unacceptable and runs against civilised behaviour.
“In addition to the past management, we also know that some groups that lost out in the bidding process, which saw us as the prefered bidder by the BPE, are also unrelenting in their efforts to sabotage us. They have also been sponsoring campaigns of calumny in the media and inciting labour unions against us.”
The company further said that it inherited enormous challenges when it took over some months ago and has been putting measures in place to tackle those challenges.
“Some of the efforts we have initiated to tackle these challenges include planned rehabilitation of injection substations, procurement of transformers, installation of over 100,000 meters by the end of the year as part of our overall plan of procuring about 500,000 meters, GIS mapping of customers and assets, reliability improvement and baseline studies to allow for better services to our customers. We have also began putting in place a strong imformation technology backbone that will ensure our operations are seemless and fully automated.”
It also stated that its recruitment exercise is in progress after receiving about 60,000 applications for various job openings, adding that it planned to create about 15,000 direct and indirect jobs to bolster and reenergise its workforce to meet the challenge of providing efficient power supply to its customers.
It urged the public to ignore all mischief makers and assured of its resolve to move the company to greater heights.