Benin Electricity Distribution Plc. (BEDC) bagged two awards: African Quality Achievement Award as the Most Innovative Power Distribution Company in Africa in 2016 and the 9ja Safe Merit award respectively, in recognition of its ‘excellent commitment to quality improvement in electricity supply across the network and for actively promoting health, safety and environment as cornerstone of business performance.’
The African Quality Achievement Award (AQAA) according to a statement from the DISCO is an annual event initiated at celebrating leadership innovation and creativity in quality management in Africa.
The quality award for instance, is aimed at identifying, recognizing and rewarding companies, personalities and products that apply quality culture and quality management best practices to the analysis, planning and implementation and control of policies designed to achieve corporate objectives in both profit and non-profit making organizations in Africa.
According to the organisers of the award, the criteria used in selecting nominees included compliance, reliability, quality awareness drive, ethical standard and policies, service delivery, resilience, value and operational excellence.
The BEDC said the awards reflected series of efforts put in place by the company to boost access to electricity and improved services to customers in its franchise, in addition to pushing safety both at the workplace and on the network including occupational health, safety and environment initiatives.
The company’s initiatives in this regard include procurement of personal protective wears, distribution substations fencing, and safety jingles.
As part of the process to improve quality of power supply, the company has commenced the installation and activation of approximately 2000 transformers across its network.
It will be recalled that BEDC had earlier in the year became the first electricity distribution company to emerge a winner in the maiden edition of the Electronic Payments Incentives Scheme (EPIS) Efficiency Award as it came tops as the best Cashless Driver-Corporate category.
The award was initiated by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigerian Interbank Settlement Scheme (NIBSS) Plc.