In spite of the lingering illiquidity in the Nigerian power sector, Ibom Power Company Limited (IPC) has demonstrated its commitment to capacity development by organizing a workshop aimed at empowering their employees to accept and embrace changes in their current business environment.
The 2-day workshop with the theme “Enhancing managerial capabilities for sustainable results in IPC” was facilitated by PEK International Consulting” and held at Watbridge Hotel and Suites, Uyo the Akwa Ibom state capital, yesterday.
The Lead facilitator at PEK International Efita Ephraim said, “Managing change has become an integral part of an organization’s effectiveness hence, management needs to galvanize commitment among their staff and stakeholders to embrace the change mantra and implement strategies intended to properly position Ibom Power Company”.
“This workshop is aimed at empowering employees of Ibom Power Company to identify causal, intervening and end-result variables that determine the course of developments within an organization’s business environment,” Ephraim said.
He noted that change is inevitable and resistance to it is a natural phenomenon. He however mentioned that change does not come from sheer perverseness rather it needs to be recognized, understood and managed.
During the problem solving and decision-making module, facilitators divided staff into groups to propose practical solutions to some identified challenges within Ibom Power Company. It was resolved that the recommendations would be presented to the company’s Management for implementation.
The training supervisor at Ibom power company, Nse Etesin lauded the Management of Ibom power and PEK International Consulting for the 2-day workshop. She said it served as a refresher course and would improve staff commitment to their jobs at Ibom power.
One of the participants and a staff of Ibom power, Blessing Otu, gave kudos to the management for the initiative to train staff collectively apart from the individual training the company sponsors for all staff. She said, “The sessions were power packed and learning together with colleagues outside the plant was interesting, it gave room for more interaction”.
Other key focus areas of the workshop were developing strong work ethics; organizational effectiveness; effective team building; managing change in organizations; budgeting and budgetary control; problem solving and decision-making.