As part of its eight years anniversary the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCO) Limited has launched a new performance management system (balance scorecard) and code of ethics and conduct to guide its operation.
The balance scorecard will help define work to be executed, type of training for personnel, equipment needed to do it and how to measure the performance of staff members, departments and the company among other things.
The code of ethics on the other hand spells out behavioural attributes the company intends to inculcate in staff, customers and stakeholders it relates with.
Launching it, the Board Chairman of GRIDCO, Alhaji Huudu Yahaya, urged staff to abide by the two programmes to improve performance and reduce human error.
Alhaji Yahaya advised management of GRIDCO to roll out an effective communication strategy to educate all staff to live the values and make it a model electricity company.
The Executive Secretary of State Enterprises Commission, Dr. Kamenta Baize, said the commission had been advocating that State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) adopt performance management system to enhance performance.
He said the programme had the potential to transform businesses because it stressed three key areas namely, human capital development, operational excellence and debt sustainability.
Dr. Baize commended GRIDCO for the adoption of the programme, adding that it was an appropriate tool for measuring performance.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Volta River Authority (VRA), Mr. Isaac K. Koffi, commended GRIDCO for the initiative and called on other organisations to emulate their example.
He said the balance scorecard would serve as a guide towards excellence.
Asked about how rainfall in the North was impacting on the Akosombo dam, he said the water level was at 236ft, a little below the minimum operating level of 240ft.
He was however hopeful that if the trend of rainfall continued more power could be produced for the country , adding that only three of the six turbines are currently working.
The Chief Executive of GRIDCO, William Amuna, said the launch of the programme would enable staff to work differently in a manner informed by their vision, mission and core values together with the codes of ethics.
He thanked all who worked to craft the documents, adding that they intend to undertake a road show across the network to bring those values to all staff “as we work to roll out our new performance management system.”
On achievement chalked so far, he said GRIDCO had from 2008 to 2015 increased the number of substations from 36 to 54, while it had increased transformers from 2,115 to 4,026.
In the areas of transmission lines he said the company had increased 161kv lines from 3,888km to 4,193km, while that of 330kv had been increased from 219km in 2012 to 293km.
Mr. Amuna said all substations in Accra, Tema, Takoradi, Cape Coast and Winneba were being updated into brand new substations.
From Godfred Blay Gibbah, Tema.