Leadership is the force that propels change. Meaningful change. This has remained true over time and continues to be the bedrock upon which great accomplishments are based.
Today, Dr. Tinuade Sanda, MD/CEO of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), embodies this truth. She symbolizes purposeful, passionate, and peerless leadership. Her one-year record in the saddle of EKEDC has been nothing short of phenomenal.
Appointed MD/CEO in March of 2022, Dr. Sanda’s emergence was greeted with much excitement and anticipation. As a female professional who had built a long and established career in corporate finance and administration, many were eager to see what the reputed change-maker would do at the helm of a big energy company in a very challenging industry.
It was a huge responsibility, a big job. On the evidence of her one-year record, it is now abundantly clear that she has provided an adequate enough response to all the curious minds!
Upon assuming office, Dr. Sanda took off on the right note by developing and launching her service philosophy encapsulated by her Mission Possible Mantra.
This mantra revealed her mindset toward corporate leadership and growth. It underscored her belief in defiance against the odds, in rejection of mediocrity, in resistance to complacency, and in never settling for anything short of the best.
It was a rallying cry to excellence. She knew that to attain collective success, the mindset needed to be gotten right. A mindset of optimum success needed to be instilled. She understood that one’s team needed to be galvanized and inspired by a shared philosophy. This is the hallmark of purposeful leadership.
Having laid this very essential foundation, she set out to re-organize operational and team structure for optimum performance, improve team remuneration and performance incentives, realign customer and community engagement strategies for better brand positioning and service delivery, and develop an inclusive, impactful and sustainable Corporate Social Responsibility plan.
All these were part of her innovation-based integrated reform plan. A flurry of activities followed, and the results were peerless.
In just some months under her leadership, EKEDC recorded: its highest levels of power distribution to its customers, its highest collection ever, and its lowest ever ATC&C losses.
EKEDC also recorded a substantial reduction in work-related accidents and a marked increase in staff retention. It distributed over 46,000 meters to its customers through its Mobile MAP Initiative, while also taking delivery of 150 brand-new transformers meant for communities with shortages. It has been an unprecedented activity and result- the packed period in the life of EKEDC.
Dr. Sanda’s passion has not only been limited to pure corporate performance and service delivery, but it has also been significantly displayed in social impact.
As a firm believer in structured social intervention, Dr. Sanda has always advocated for corporate organizations to prioritize the communities in which they operate, making sure their policies and activities do not exist at their expense, but work to elevate them instead.
For her, CSR is not merely a tokenist afterthought, but a carefully developed social impact plan that is scalable, measurable, and sustainable. Her integrated four-pillar CSR plan meets this criterion.
It is a plan focused on impacting society through programmes and interventions geared towards improving health & well-being, education, technology, and sports. So far, multiple projects built around the four pillars have been undertaken, bringing relief and succour to many.
Of significant note are EKEDC’s partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the launch of the Energy Club programme in Lagos secondary schools, a STEM initiative aimed at boosting the next generation’s interest and participation in subjects related to
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics;
The other are the donation of a full-range children’s playing ground to Oremeji 2 Nursery and Primary School, Tolu School Complex and Ajegunle – Apapa school; sponsorship of the 2022 Lagos International Polo tournament, the T20 Invitational Women’s Cricket tournament, and the Festival of Table Tennis organized by the International Table tennis Federation.
There are notable areas to be touched on and improved upon, but the progress has been significant, as recognized and commended by stakeholders. And the awards have been coming. EKEDC has received awards from reputable brands like the ITF, NECA, and Afri-Safe.
For Dr Sanda, leadership means purpose, it means passion, it means peerlessness.
A leader must have a clear sense of purpose and direction, they must never let their fire die out, and they must represent unrivaled excellence. These are the attributes by which she has led EKEDC, and by which the company is rapidly shattering previous records of success against all odds.
As someone with in-depth domain experience and proven administrative capacity, having served as a senior Management staff. Apparently, she was ready from day one.
The secret has been this: Dr. Sanda is a team player. At the Board, Management, and staff levels, she has continued to maintain a disposition of cooperation, constructive engagement, and eagerness to listen and learn. A fine set of attributes. All things considered, this has been a masterful control of the reins of exalted office, if ever there was one.
And what’s more, Dr. Sanda has approached the huge responsibility of high office – at EKEDC – with delicate poise, grace, and humility, being so accessible that the rigid hierarchy of the conventional corporate system seems alien to her.
As another 365 days beckon, EKEDC and its esteemed customers and stakeholders can rest, assured of even better performance, as the steady leadership of Dr. Sanda with the support of the Board, Management, and staff will remain an abiding force.
Credit: EKEDC Corporate Communication Department