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Anti-corruption: EEDC commissions 100 ambassadors

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The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, Tuesday, warned that it would not condone any form of corrupt practices and unnecessary bottlenecks from its members of staff.

This is following the inauguration of 100 Change Ambassadors at an event at the EEDC Enugu corporate headquarters, with a mandate to do things in a different way and impart same on others.

The ambassadors, drawn from the 18 Districts of the company, are to drive the company’s Transformational Culture Change Initiative.

Addressing the workers, the Managing Director of EEDC, Mr Okey Nwosu, said that the workers must do away from certain habits they carried over from the defunct Power Holden Company of Nigeria, PHCN.

He said the journey to have a change of orientation in attitude started in January when the Board deployed consultants to look on how to improve service delivery to its customers.

“Delayed service is an invitation to corruption; when you create procedures that are unnecessary bottlenecks, it is another form of corruption. You might think that I am taking it too far but that is the reality.

“We are determined to change the way we do things; we must communicate to customers in a manner they will feel satisfied and happy.

“With extensive interview with staff and customers, they came out with the fact that most of the problems the company faces with its esteemed customers was that of negative attitude to work on the part of our staff.

“So, we have a mandate from the Board to change our attitude and ensure we uphold integrity in all we do; which will make the customers empathy with any challenge we might be going through as a company.

“From today, we must communicate to our customers that we are a rebranded and changed both in words and deeds,’’ he said.

Inaugurating the Change Ambassadors, Dr Steve Dike, a member of EEDC Board of Directors, said that after a survey in the company it was clear that there was a great need to change attitudes and culture of work.

Dike, who congratulated the Change Ambassadors for being chosen to lead the transformational initiative, charge them to live above board and ensure that negative deeds that questions the integrity of the company are stopped.

“The Change Ambassadors, who I will refer to as your excellences in this company, now carries the corporate image of the company personified with them and must lead by example and correct others.

“You people have the full support of the Board as you carry out your monitoring and correction especially with focus on treating our esteemed customers as king with due courtesy they supposed to get from us,’’ he said.

According to him, you have the power to warn and correct any erring staff as well as sending those that dress like touts back home as many times they are not properly dressed.

“There must be discipline, courtesy and integrity in our business especially as it relates to our esteemed customers,’’ he added.

In a remark, Mr Emeka Ezeh, Head, Communications of EEDC and one of the Change Ambassadors, assured the management and Board that the ambassadors would live up to expectation.

“We are committed to ensure that Transformational Culture Change Initiative trickles down to our district and area offices scattered in the entire South-East,’’ Ezeh said.

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Girl found dead in Delta hotel room after checking in with boys

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A yet-to-be-identified girl has been reported dead three days after she was allegedly gang-raped by some boys in a hotel room in Amukpe community in Sapele, Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State.

The remains of the deceased was already decaying when it was found under the bed in the said hotel on Monday August 19, DAILY POST can report.

It was learnt that the deceased girl was severally raped to death by some boys who brought her to the hotel three days before she was found dead.

The boys reportedly hid her remains under the bed and checked out of the hotel room.

The offensive odour in the hotel attracted the management who eventually called the Police to report that a lady died in one of the rooms.

Swinging into action, the police evacuated and deposited the corpse in a morgue and shutdown the hotel.

When contacted for comments, the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Adeyinka Adeleke confirmed the report to DAILY POST.

According to him, “It is true a lady died in a hotel in Sapele. I don’t know what killed her.”

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Nigerian Arrested For Cocaine Peddling In India

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A Nigerian national was arrested on Saturday in Palghar with 32 grams of cocaine, a senior police official said.

Palghar police spokesperson, Hemant Katkar, said the Nigerian known as Laysan Emanuel, 57, was arrested from Tulinj when a police patrol party found him moving suspiciously in the area.

Katkar said, “We recovered 32 grams of cocaine from him. He has been arrested under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.”

Another 31-year-old Nigerian was arrested in Delhi recently for allegedly peddling drugs after around 35 grams of cocaine was seized from him, according to a report by India Today.

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IPOB attack: Lawan, Ngige, others visit Ekweremadu

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Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Monday night, visited former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, at his residence in Abuja.

On his entourage was former Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, among others.

The visit was in solidarity following the attack on the Enugu-born politicians by members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in Nuremberg, Germany at the weekend.

After his arrival in Abuja, Ekweremadu advised Nigerians, including Igbo leaders, to feel free to travel to any part of the world.

“I think they were just people, who were misdirected and misguided. I had the feeling they were under the influence of alcohol. They don’t represent the feelings of our people. There is nothing to worry about.

“The organisers, the Igbo in Germany, have written a letter apologising for what happened. Everybody is free to go anywhere because those ones don’t represent the behaviour of Nigerians abroad.

“For me, I have moved on. The government and authorities of Germany are free to do whatever they wish about it”, he said.

On IPOB threats to attack more Igbo leaders, especially the governors of the South East, Ekweremadu said: “Let me just say that the leaders he (Kanu) was mentioning were responsible for getting him out of jail in the first place.

“What we will do in this circumstance is to leave him to his conscience, the verdict of history, and possibly the repercussions of ingratitude. But I hope he won’t go to the extent of attacking any of the South East leaders anywhere”.

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