Tinuade Sanda fired by WPG barely a month after controversial removal by EKO Disco

Tinuade Sanda fired by WPG barely a month after controversial removal by EKO Disco

Tinuade Sanda, who recently faced removal as the MD/CEO of Eko Electricity Distribution Company, Eko Disco, has now been dismissed from her position a

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Tinuade Sanda, who recently faced removal as the MD/CEO of Eko Electricity Distribution Company, Eko Disco, has now been dismissed from her position at the holding company, West Power & Gas, WPG, from where she was seconded.

This latest development is about a series of high-profile shifts in leadership within the organization, driven by directives from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC.

The decision to dismiss Sanda may be linked to an ongoing shareholder dispute within West Power and Gas.

Initially, Sanda was removed from her role at Eko Disco following a NERC directive aimed at improving governance and operational efficiencies within the distribution sector.

The situation took a dramatic twist with its Board members overriding the termination of her appointment.

Despite her subsequent reassignment to WPG and rehiring the holding company has decided to terminate her employment entirely.

Following her removal from Eko Disco, Sanda was replaced by Rekhiat Momoh as the acting CEO.

Momoh’s appointment is part of Eko Disco’s strategic response to the regulatory challenges and the company’s commitment to adhering to NERC’s guidelines, aiming for improved service quality and customer satisfaction.

The reasons behind the dismissal from WPG have not been fully disclosed, but they align with the broader regulatory and governance reforms affecting the electricity distribution sector in Nigeria.

However, sources reveal that Sanda may have been a victim of an internal shareholder jostle for control between the company chairman Oritsedere Otubu and majority shareholder Walter Wagbatsoma.

Sanda’s journey with Eko Disco has been notably significant, as she was the first woman to hold the MD/CEO position since her appointment in 2022.

Sanda joined WPG in 2013 and supported in the acquisition of Eko Disco in November of the same year.

She held several positions at the WPG and Eko Disco respectively before being made Deputy Managing Director. She was subsequently made Managing Director of the company in 2022.