IKEDC Receives ISO 9001 & OHSAS 18001 International Certification

Ikeja Electricity Distribution Plc (IKEDC), has been conferred with the ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 International Certification, as a mark of its commitment to safety quality management of materials and resources.

Ikeja Electricity Distribution Plc (IKEDC) is Nigeria’s largest power distribution company.

According to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of IKEDC, Anthony Youdeowei, IKEDC becomes the first and only company in the power sector to receive this highly – prized OHSAS 18001 Certification; an attestation to our dedication and passion for sustainable safety cultured and excellence.

The CEO further stressed that with the ISO 9001 certification, the company is now the first Electricity Distribution Company to set up Business Improvement Models with customers focus in Nigeria, in line with international best practices.

Continuing, Mr. Youdeowei attributed the achievement of the companies in this respect to the new innovations.

On safety compliance permit, safety code (10 commandments) just like the life-saving rules, Reward System for Safety compliance, top Management commitment and involvement in safety activities, Training and the use of quality materials at all time in its daily operations especially the maintenance and replacement of obsolete electrical items in the system.

In his words, the new innovations put in place has enabled the company win various awards including best HSE Practicing Company, Power and Utility at 9jaSafe Hall of Fame Award – 2015; Best Health and Safety Initiatives in Nigeria at the Nigeria Risk Award – 2016; Merit Award for Outstanding Commitment to Health, Safety & Environment at 9ja Safe Hall of Fame Award – 2016, Health & Safety Recognition Award by the Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers (NISE) – 2016.

CEO Anthony Youdeowei said as a responsible organization, the safety standard and training is not limited to IE staff but to customers and other stakeholders, especially the Licensed Electrical Contractors Association of Nigeria, who are certified to carry out installations of electrical items in various communities especially the wiring of buildings, to ensure compliance with safety and also to assist in reminding IE customers of some basic guidelines that will help save lives at all time.

He finally explained that the company has partnered with many reputable companies to ensure adequate training for most workers in the company in ensuring ISO safety standard as it will assist to prevent the accident during their daily operations.

Winners of 2017 Future Energy Nigeria Industry Awards

Winners have emerged in the 2017 Future Energy Nigeria Industry Awards, formerly known as the West African Power Industry Awards, at the Future Energy Nigeria conference and exhibition in Lagos.

The event brought together 150 of Nigeria’s most renowned power professionals to recognise and celebrate the leading industry pioneers and projects in four different categories.

The Future Energy Nigeria Industry Awards 2017:

Community Initiative Award

Winner: Ajima Farms and General Enterprises Nigeria Limited

“Ajima Farms Waste-2-Watt Project is honoured to be this year’s recipient of the Community Initiative Award. Our journey to get more communities electrified via clean energy is just starting but we are optimistic for what the future holds and we envisage continuous collaborative partnerships with the target communities.”

– Ms. Fatima Ademoh – Founder, Waste-2-Watt.

Waste-2-Watt (W2W) is a renewable energy project by Ajima Farms and General Enterprises Nigeria Limited that focuses on converting agricultural waste (poultry, livestock, crop waste) and communal waste (kitchen and human wastes) into electricity, cooking fuel using a bio-gas digester for off-grid farming communities at an affordable cost. Through this service, Ajima Farms provides cheaper access to clean energy and create jobs for the residents of these communities, stimulate economic growth while reducing the environmental problems that land filling this waste would have otherwise created. W2W is currently servicing two off-grid communities namely Rije and Kuyizhi in Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory.

Ajima Farms has profiled over 260 off-grid communities with similar needs and is currently conducting feasibility studies to deploy the solutions to the target communities; they aim to power 25 more off-grid agricultural communities which will provide electricity for an estimated 2,750 homes; 22,000 people and 250 businesses over the next three years.Waste-2-Watt is not a CSR project it is a social enterprise division of Ajima Farms with a vision to transform off-grid communities by expanding energy access for socio-economic development.

Energy Reporter of the Year

Winner: Emeka Anuforo, Senior Science and Energy Journalist, Abuja Bureau, The Guardian

Emeka Anuforo is a leading energy reporter in Nigeria, having covered the energy beat in Nigeria for over 15 years. In that time he has helped to shape energy policies through his thought pieces and held government and private sector accountable for ensuring energy access for millions of Nigerians. His articles and thought pieces are heavily syndicated and he is held in the highest regard by other journalists, by government officials and policy makers and by a significant section of the private sector. Emeka is currently on a short leave of absence and working for the African Development Bank’s Communications and External Relations Department.

“I am honoured to receive the Energy Reporter of the Year award in recognition of my work as a senior energy correspondent for The Guardian in Nigeria. I am passionate about the energy sector in Nigeria. We have huge potential for renewable energy on the continent and I hope we see that potential tapped in my lifetime for the benefit of all.

Like energy, investigative journalism is critical to the Africa of our dreams. I take this opportunity to call for greater support for science and energy journalism in Africa. I would also like to pass a message to young journalists not to give up on their dreams, to keep writing, because this award shows that hard work and perseverance pays off.  I would like to thank my editors and mentors over the years and, of course, Future Energy Nigeria for naming me Energy Reporter of the Year 2016-2017.”

– Emeka Anuforo

Award for Outstanding Contribution: Power

Winner: Daniel Chimaobi

“Winning is a wonderful feeling.

It feels great to be honoured for my contribution to the power sector in Nigeria. Every great feat, however, is an accumulation of smaller feats. Seize the little moments, give everything your best shot, never say never and the world will celebrate you.”

– Daniel Chimaobi

At age 30, Daniel Chimaobi NNA holds a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and also an MBA from the prestigious University of Lagos, Nigeria. A member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, he is the host of the first ever energy programme premier on the first university radio station in Nigeria, UNILAG Radio 103.1 FM since October 2013 till date with a community reach of over 40,000 students, management and teaching staff.

The program creates awareness, educates and provides advisory to the public on energy issues especially renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy conservation. He is also involved in the training and mentoring of about 200 higher institution students on energy related matters and provides guidance for the identification of energy related problems within university communities and innovative solutions to solve peculiar energy problems. Presently, he is a Research Officer at the National Centre for Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Energy Commission of Nigeria.

Outstanding Energy Project Award

Winner: Lumos Global

“Lumos Nigeria would like to extend our sincere thanks to Future Energy Nigeria for the recognition embodied in the ‘Outstanding Energy Project Award’. Our success to date is just the beginning of our journey and is the result of a great partnership with MTN.

Lumos is committed to bringing light to millions of Nigerians, providing affordable, reliable and renewable energy to homes and businesses. Inspired by the mobile revolution, we strive to become for the renewable energy sector what the mobile phone is for the communications.”

– Yuri Tsitrinbaum, CEO of Lumos Nigeria.

Lumos Global has created the technology for a ‘home power station in a box’, which includes a solar panel activated by text messaging,  that can supply sufficient clean, off-grid electricity for households and small to medium businesses in developing countries. The Lumos enterprise is widely praised for its innovative character, improving the standard of living for people in Nigeria and soon in many other locations around the globe. Lumos has also just announced its expansion plans into East Africa.

Best custom stand

The winner of the best custom stand at the Future Energy Nigeria exhibition was Skipper Nigeria Limited.

Future Energy Nigeria is organised by Spintelligent, a multi-award-winning Cape Town-based exhibition and conference producer across the continent in the infrastructure, real estate, energy, mining, agriculture and education sectors. Other well-known events by Spintelligent include African Utility Week, Future Energy East Africa (formerly EAPIC), Future Energy Central Africa (formerly iPAD Cameroon), Future Energy Uganda, Agritech Expo Zambia, Kenya Mining Forum, Nigeria Mining Week and DRC Mining Week. Spintelligent is part of the UK-based Clarion Events Group.

NAPTIN Emerge ANCEE Centre of Excellence [2017]

The National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) has been conferred as a Centre of Excellence (COE) in training for the power sector in Africa after the assessment of its application by the African Network of Centres of Excellence in Electricity (ANCEE).

Consequently, NAPTIN has been granted admission into the membership of the African Network of Centres of Excellence in Electricity (ANCEE), a pan African initiative led by Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA) and supported by the African Development Fund of the African Development Bank Group.

NAPTIN is the only representative of the African Network of Centres of Excellence in Electricity (ANCEE) in West Africa and one of the eight training centres of the network in Africa.

Fatima Ademoh Wins ‘Young Energy Leader’ Award [2017]

Fatima Ademoh who is Founder & CEO, Ajima Youth Empowerment Foundation, Nigeria,  has emerged winner of ‘Young Energy Leader’ award at the ‘2017 African Utility Week Industry Awards’ that was announced at the CTICC in Cape Town, South Africa.

Fatima Ademoh is an energy and finance specialist and currently serves as the Project Developer in the United States African Development Foundation (USADF), funded off-grid Renewable Energy project being implemented by Ajima Farms, which over 500 residents of in Reji village of Kuje Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, have been connected to a 20 watt Biogas Digester Off-Grid uninterrupted power supply, and commissioned by USADF, led by its Regional Director, Tom Coogan, along with Reji Village Head, Ibrahim Kuyagwa.

She is currently on a 10 watt Biogas Digester off-grid power project at Kuwizhi village of Kuje Area Council and soon to be completed and commissioned. In this capacity, she led the preparation of funding proposal that secured US$150,000 grant in the USADF Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge.

According to Fatima Ademoh:

“I want to thank all those who have believed in my quest to extend electricity access to off-grid communities, especially in the Waste-2-Watt (W2W) Project. And for all the young people out there, let’s keep being the agents for change in our communities.”

Prototype: Thunder Lightning Power Generation

Obayagbona Emmanuel Imafidon, an Electrical Engineer from the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu has revealed that he has invented a power-generating device that could generate power from thunder lightning, which can solve the problem power outage in the country.
According to Obayagbona Emmanuel Imafidon,
“I have been researching on generating constant power from thunder lightning. That is using a strike of thunder lightning to generate power that can serve Nigeria and Africa for five years and 30 days. That means that whenever thunder strike for once, we are sure of uninterrupted power for five years and thirty days.