Kaduna Elec­tric: Chart­ing a new course in CSR

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Idris Muham­mad

Be­yond the daunt­ing task of meet­ing its cus­tomers’ daily elec­tric­ity need, Kaduna Elec­tric has taken the lead in re­defin­ing corporate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity in the Nige­rian Elec­tric­ity sup­ply In­dus­try through in­vest­ment in ed­u­ca­tion and do­na­tion of re­lief ma­te­ri­als to in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple (IDPs).

Per­haps, in the about six decades of elec­tric­ity busi­ness in Nige­ria, for the first time, a ser­vice provider has gone be­yond its core man­date to iden­tify with, and sup­port the de­vel­op­men­tal needs of its im­me­di­ate con­stituency. Af­ter barely two years of the ex­is­tence of the Com­pany as a pri­vate or­ga­ni­za­tion, Kaduna Elec­tric has set the tone for re­spon­si­ble corporate be­hav­ior and the need for corporate or­gan­i­sa­tions to key into the de­vel­op­men­tal needs of our so­ci­ety.

Friday 9th June 2017 marked a mile­stone in corporate gov­er­nance, es­pe­cially in the elec­tric­ity sub-sec­tor. In an ap­par­ent re­sponse to calls by gov­ern­ment at var­i­ous lev­els and well-mean­ing in­di­vid­u­als, the Man­age­ment of Kaduna Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany do­nated 200 units of two-seater class­room fur­ni­ture to Sar­dauna Memo­rial Col­lege, Kaduna.

Pre­sent­ing the fur­ni­ture to the Prin­ci­pal in the pres­ence of a crowd com­pris­ing the old boys as­so­ci­a­tion, of­fi­cials of the State min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion, teach­ers and stu­dents of the col­lege, the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor/ Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the Kaduna Elec­tric, En­gi­neer Garba Haruna de­scribed the ges­ture as “the ful­fil­ment of the Com­pany’s corporate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity to it fran­chise area”.

Ac­cord­ing to him, “Kaduna elec­tric is a re­spon­si­ble corporate cit­i­zen of kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zam­fara states and shall al­ways iden­tify with, and sup­port the yearn­ings and as­pi­ra­tions of the gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of the four states”.

He called on the school au­thor­ity to en­sure that the fur­ni­ture are put to proper use for the ben­e­fit of the present crop of stu­dents and even the fu­ture gen­er­a­tion.

The Col­lege com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially the stu­dents were over­whelmed with joy and poured en­comi­ums on the Board and Man­age­ment of Kaduna Elec­tric. The Prin­ci­pal, Malam Baba Sidi Muham­mad Sunusi who led both the aca­demic and nonaca­demic staff of the in­sti­tu­tion to the oc­ca­sion, ex­pressed the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the Col­lege and promised to en­sure that the fur­ni­ture are prop­erly main­tain for long last­ing ben­e­fits to the stu­dents.

Also, the Pres­i­dent of the Sar­dauna Memo­rial Col­lege Old Boys As­so­ci­a­tion, SAMOBA who was rep­re­sented by the Vice Pres­i­dent, Mr. Joshau Gambo com­mended the Man­age­ment of Kaduna Elec­tric for the kind ges­ture, stress­ing that it shall go a long way in making the teach­ing and learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment more con­ducive.

He called on other wellmean­ing in­di­vid­u­als and corporate bod­ies to em­u­late what he called “pa­tri­otic dis­po­si­tion” of the elec­tric­ity dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany.

The Kaduna Zonal Di­rec­tor of the state min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion also con­veyed the State’s gov­ern­ment ap­pre­ci­a­tion Kaduna Elec­tric and urged it to con­tinue to pro­vide sup­port to no­ble projects like this.

As if the above ges­ture is not enough, in an­other ex­cep­tional dis­play of kind­heart­ed­ness and com­pas­sion to the less priv­i­lege, the staff of the Com­pany made an­other gi­ant stride by donating food, cloth­ing and other es­sen­tial sup­plies to in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple, IDPs re­sid­ing in Rafin Guza, a sub­urb of Kaduna on 22ndJune,2017.

The Chief Corporate Ser­vices Of­fi­cer of the Com­pany, Mr Uday Mishra who led the team ex­pressed deep sym­pa­thy over the plight of the IDPs who are largely vic­tims of Boko Haram in­sur­gency and as­sured them that the staff of Kaduna Elec­tric share in their pains and tribu­la­tion.

In­deed, the ges­ture could not have been made at a bet­ter time, as it came at the tail end of the just con­cluded Ra­madan fast and at the threshold of the eid-el fitr cel­e­bra­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr. Mishra, “As a re­spon­si­ble corporate cit­i­zen, the Com­pany shall al­ways iden­tify with and sup­port such pub­lic spir­ited ven­ture from the work­ers” and ex­tended the best wishes of the staff of Kaduna Elec­tric to the IDPs.

He also called on the IDPs to be good am­bas­sadors of the Com­pany in par­tic­u­lar and the so­ci­ety in gen­eral by be­ing of good con­duct and should al­ways see to it that power sup­ply in­stal­la­tions in their neigh­bour­hood are safe­guarded against van­dal­ism for the ben­e­fit of all.

Most of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries could not hold them­selves up as they openly be­trayed their emo­tions by shed­ding tears pub­licly. A com­mu­nity leader who stood in for the ward head of Rafin Guza, Mal­lam Musa thanked the Man­age­ment and staff of Kaduna Elec­tric for the kind ges­ture which he de­scribed as timely and very much needed. He prayed to Almighty God to re­ward the staff of the elec­tric­ity com­pany and all those that con­trib­uted to the suc­cess of the ex­er­cise.

In all the oc­ca­sions, of­fi­cials of the elec­tric­ity com­pany took time off to ap­peal to elec­tric­ity users in the Com­pany’ fran­chise area to be alive to their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, stat­ing that the Com­pany must be sup­ported to grow. In­deed, the Com­pany and it host com­mu­ni­ties are in a mu­tual ben­e­fi­cial re­la­tion­ship.

Idris is Team Lead, Me­dia & Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions, Kaduna Elec­tric.

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