- Reiterates commitment to operational excellence
Nigeria’s leading electricity distribution company (Disco), Ikeja Electric (IE), has bagged three certifications in the electricity sector — latest International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certifications ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018 — in recognition of its effective implementation of Occupational Safety & Health, Environment Management and Quality Management processes.
The Disco also emerged as one of the runners-up for the ‘Most Responsive Organization to COVID-19 Crisis at the Nigeria Risk Awards 2020, and also bagged the AfriSAFE Merit Award 2020.
According to a statement by the Head, Corporate Communications, Felix Ofulue,
the Disco’s management was last week, presented with the ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management System), ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management System), and ISO 45001:2018 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System) 2020.
Ofulue said the official presentation was held at the company’s headquarters in Lagos, and attended by the Country Director, DQS, Mr. Lawrence Ogudu; the organiser of AfriSAFE Award, Mr. Femi Da Silva; Chairman of Ikeja Chapter, Nigerian Institution of Power Engineers (NIPE), Mr. Vincent Obaseki; the General Manager, Conrad Clark (Nigerian Risk Award), Femi Iroko; and Hon. Wale Bakare (one of the AfriSAFE judges), among others.
The statement quoted the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ikeja Electric, Folake Soetan, as saying that the company has again reaffirmed its commitment to high standards, in line with global best practices, adding that
the prestigious awards demonstrate that the IE management processes and operations are effectively conducted by quality policies and forward-thinking leadership.
Soetan said: “We are indeed honoured by these certifications. I am dedicating these achievements to the entire management and staff who continuously give their best through strategic initiatives and innovation that deliver growth, improved service delivery and customer satisfaction for the brand.
“The fact that we have gained these recognition does not mean we have attained the desired peak or that we would become complacent, but rather we will continue to work hard towards operational excellence and improvement of service in line with our manta – ‘Customer first; technology Now’.”
The statement also quoted the Head of Quality, Safety, Health and Environment (QHSE), Mr. Jamiu Badmos, as saying that IE remains the industry trailblazer in areas of innovations including occupational health, safety and environment initiatives, adding that the result of the audit as approved by the Technical Committee from DQS in Germany has again certified Ikeja Electric to be compliant with global best practice.
According to Badmos, the statement said the adoption of technology and purposeful engagement of staff, customers and stakeholders has greatly contributed towards achieving effective quality, health, safety and environmental performance and operational excellence.
“We will continue to use risk-based thinking throughout our operations to promote a proactive approach for identifying risks and opportunities, thereby making continual improvement in order to enhance governance, customer experience, operational excellence and sustainability,” he said.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the world’s largest independent, non-governmental organization that develops voluntary international standard and facilitates world trade by providing common standards among nations.