REA HOLDS STAFF TOWN HALL MEETING ON STRENGTHENING AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Earlier on on Tuesday, 31st January, 2023, the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) in its bid towards fulfilling its mandate of providing electricity to unserved and underserved rural communities across the country held a town hall meeting with the Board, Management and all staff from the Corporate Headquarters and Zonal Offices. The aim of the workshop is for institutional strengthening and sustainable development where the Management conveyed its plans and direction for the Agency as well as discuss with staff on the challenges faced in the implementation of projects and their duties in order to chart a way forward which is critical in advancing the course of the REA Mandate and improving the energy sector.
During the course of the engagement, the Managing Director/CEO of the REA commended the achievements recorded by the Agency which would not have been possible without a dedicated and diligent staff. The MD/CEO tasked staff to build on the successes recorded in moving the Agency in more positive light and implored staff to be innovative and solution driven in managing and delivering their duties.
Furthermore, the Executive Directors (EDs) of the Agency, Dr. Sanusi Ohiare (ED-Rural Electrification Fund), Chief. Olaniyi Netufo (ED-Corporate Services) and Engr. Barka Sajou (ED-Technical Services) gave presentations on the different Agency Portfolios they are managing. The presentations shed more light on the programmes and initiatives implemented by the agency and presented milestones recorded.
Also, presentations were made by staff of the Human Resources Management Department, the Heads of Units Managing some of REA’s critical programmes being implemented in collaboration with development partners i.e. the Nigeria Electrification project, Africa Mini Grids Programme, Energizing Agriculture Programme and Derisking Sustainable Off-Grid Lighting Solutions. A presentation on the newly developed Standard Operating Procedures of the Agency was delivered. This provides better clarity to the departments of the Agency on how tasks should be performed according to best practices.
Consequently, one of the beneficiary of REA’s programmes, Nayo Tropical presented farm products harvested from their farm that is connected to the Agency’s minigrid in Kebbi State as an appreciation and testimony for the impact of the Agency intervention projects.
The town hall concluded with an interactive session which lowered the curtain between the Board, Management and the staff of the Agency and provided a platform for staff to engage and throw questions to the executive management on their plans for the Agency which were constructively answered.
The Staff Union on behalf of all staff of the Agency thanked the Board and Management for holding the second edition of the staff town hall engagement and reassured the Board and Management of staff commitment delivering the mandate of the Agency.