ESCOM Regional Manager-Centre McVittie Chiphwanya has challenged 12 newly certified Senior Authorised Persons to play their part in protecting the corporation’s assets and loss of revenue through adherence to safety and being proactive.
He said this on October 4 2022 at Lilongwe Old Power Station when he presided over the graduation ceremony of the senior authorized persons drawn from Kasungu, Lilongwe and Ntchisi.
Chiphwanya said there was a reason why the trainers took the participants through various stages of the training covering topics such as Operation, maintenance and construction of low, medium and high violate apparatus and Issuance and cancellation of permits to work.
“The reasons was to ensure that you are trained thoroughly for you to operate the system efficiently. Be proud of your work and proactive. You have been entrusted with operating the system and your job involves doing it in live conditions; hence it is dangerous and that is why you have been trained specifically. You are now specialists,” he said.
Chiphwanya said the qualified personnel had the responsibility to protect ESCOM revenue by attending to glitches in time and taking precautions to avoid loss of assets such as transformers.
Taking his turn, one of the trainers Kondwani Mughogho challenged the qualified officers to make the most of the knowledge gained from the course.
“This is not the end but the beginning for you. Your decisions will be critical. You have to be accountable for your decisions. Make sure there are no shortcuts. Most accidents happen because of shortcuts,” he said.
“We gave you tough assignments in 10 sections to test your competence. If you are complacent in your work, you can cause damage to the company’s property and even cause accidents for our customers. Please take care of the system because we use equipment that is very expensive,” he said.
Senior engineer Gracious Banda, who organised the workshop in collaboration with the Regional Manager’s office, challenged the graduands to keep on learning for them to acquire more knowledge that is up to date.
Speaking on behalf of the graduands, Bright Musopole of Central Regional Control office described the course as tough but worth it.
“It wasn’t easy but it was worth it. We thank management for organizing this course which has empowered us and equipped us with knowledge on how to operate the system. However, ESCOM’s system is dynamic; it keeps changing; hence we ask management to organize refresher courses regularly,” he said.
The mandate of Senior Authorised Person is to operate the distribution and transmission system and issuing work permits to linesmen and women, among many others.
Other graduands were Highned Mbewe, Henry Masamba, Elias Chidothi, Tiwonge Kondwani, Josophat Gama, Frankson Chipande, Enock Chitungo, Amidu Bwanali, Willard Mgunda and Mphatso Chamba.
Kelvin Makwela was among the trainers for the course whose other examiners were Loud Singala, Peter Murotho, Maxwell Sila, Timothy Mizaya, Dan Lwesya and Vera Nyangulu.
Chiphwanya (left) presents a certificate to Tiwonge Kondwani
Participants, guests and trainers pose for a group photograph