Engr. Oladele Amoda Bows Out in Style as MD of Eko Disco
After 35 meritorious years of service to his Nigerian fatherland, it was time for the outgoing managing director of the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (Eko DISCO), Engineer (Dr.) Oladele Amoda, FNSE, M.IoD to call time on a glittering and eventful career. As befitted a man of his stature, and as a measure of the tremendous goodwill he had garnered over the years, and the high esteem in which he is universally held within and beyond the nation’s power supply industry, Engr. Amada was feted by friends, family, professional associates and well-wishers from all socio-cultural backgrounds who were on hand to honor him in a colourful ceremony held at the prestigious Grand Ballroom of the Eko Hotels & Suites on Victoria Island, Lagos.
Among the distinguished personalities who graced the ceremony was the Oba of Lagos, HRM, Oba Rilwan Akiolu I.
The event was officially billed as the formal presentation of the celebrant’s autobiography titled, ‘Forget Not His Benefits,’ an over 130-page chronicle of Engr. Amoda’s remarkable life-journey, which takes the reader from his birth in the town of Isara, in Nigeria’s Ogun State, in 1956, through his education in Nigerian and American universities. His service in the nation’s electric power supply industry since 1983 has seen him play a key role in the transition of the former power monopoly, National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) to its eventual unbundling under the aegis of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).
In his opening remarks at the occasion, the chairman of the board of director of Eko Disco, Mr. Charles Momoh praised Engr. Amoda as a survivor who has paid his dues. Inspite of his official disengagement from duty, Mr. Momoh said, the last has not yet been seen of Engr. Amoda, as he would continue to serve as an adviser to Eko DISCO.
The chairman’s comments were followed by a slideshow, which narrated the story of the retiring MD’s eventful trajectory and unique attributes which have endeared him not only to his numerous admirers, but also persuaded to the core investors in Eko DISCO to keep him on as the company’s pioneer MD during the transition of the country’s power sector from public to private ownership.
The Lagos correspondent of Newswire Law and Events Magazine reports that these sterling attributes were expanded upon by a succession of friends, family members, colleagues and associates who gave the assembled guests a picture of a multi-dimensional personality with an abiding interest in people and their welfare, a consummate professional with zero-tolerance for mediocrity, and a bridge-builder with a remarkable talent for bringing people together in the pursuit of a common purpose.
The occasion also featured a review of the celebrant’s autobiography by a representative of Prof. Konyinsola Ajayi, SAN, after which it was officially presented by Pastor Ituah Ighodalo of Trinity House.
Also speaking, Oba Akiolu of Lagos was characteristically forthright in his call for a more robust power supply regime in Lagos and the country at large, and greater urgency in the provision of metering devices to more customers.
Bidding farewell to the old order and ushering in the new, foremost commercial lawyer and member of the board of directors of Eko DISCO, Mr. George Etomi formally introduced Engr. Amoda’s successor, Engr. Adeoye Fadeyibi, who went on to promise a new style – which will see a more vigorous fight against energy theft and other practices militating against the fulfillment of the company’s mandate, in a bid to write what he called ‘a golden story’ about the country’s power distribution profile.
A performance by pop artist Oritshefemi preceded the presentation of awards and gifts to the celebrant, who expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve his country, pride in the company’s accomplishments, and confidence in the ability of the new management to take the vision of a Nigeria free from power blackouts.
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