Nigeria’s power distribution firm, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), has appointed Ernest Mupwaya as the new managing director and CEO, replacing Neil Croucher.
The appointment, which came into effect this week, follows the retirement of Croucher who served in the role for three years. Ernest Mupwaya is a Zambian bred electrical engineer who headed the state monopoly electricity generation parastatal Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation -ZESCO. His appointment was subject to the approval of the Nigerian Electricity Commission (NERC).
Head of Media,Shekarau stated that Croucher played a significant role in steering AEDC successfully through the challenges of post privatisation from 2013 to date, and had over 37 years of experience in electricity supply industry.
Nigeria disco implements new structure
According to the media, the statement said that the AEDC board approved a new management structure for the company with the creation of a Corporate Services Directorate .
The statement read that the new directorate will supervise the activities of five different units, including the Human Resources, Procurement, Government and Regulatory Relations, Public Relations and Fleet and Facilities Management.
Adding that Mupwaya must take advantage of the existing opportunities to build on the successes recorded by the company under the outgoing MD.
Boosting power network
Last month, a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) highlighted that in order for Nigeria to scale up its generation output, an increase in generation, transmission and distribution capacity needs to be achieved.
According to the report, titled ‘Powering Nigeria for the Future’, the west African country needs to implement strategies across the supply chain if it is to achieve the target of a yearly per capita power consumption of 982kWh by 2025.
“Based on ongoing projects, the per capita power consumption in Nigeria will only reach 433kWh per year in 2025. Given the requirements of the economy and the population, there is a critical need to drive higher power availability, and we believe a stretch target of 982kWh per year (6.5 times the current level) by 2025 is realistic,” the report explained.
ZBT wishes to congratulate Mr. Mupwaya on his corporate success and appointment. It’s very encouraging to see Zambian bred electrical engineers penetrating the Africa space. Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy by size and Mr. Mupwaya will lead Africa’s largest power distribution company.
(ESI Africa – Africa’s Power Journal)
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