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Meet the young ECG boss who’s fighting to keep the lights on


In 2023, Mr. Samuel Dubik Mahama, the Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), distinguished himself as one of the most impactful executives in the nation. Under his leadership, ECG experienced unprecedented growth and success, marking a significant turnaround for the beleaguered power operator. His leadership style, characterized by decisiveness and a no-nonsense approach, played a pivotal role in this transformation.

Achievements and Recognition

Mr. Mahama’s tenure at ECG has been marked by substantial accomplishments, earning him numerous awards and widespread recognition. His leadership not only enhanced the company’s performance but also solidified his reputation as a formidable leader in both the public and private sectors.

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Leadership Style and Strategic Initiatives

Key to Mr. Mahama’s success was his no-nonsense approach to leadership, which was a breath of fresh air for a company long plagued by inefficiencies and operational challenges. He implemented several strategic initiatives that contributed to the company’s turnaround, including:

  1. Operational Reforms: Mr. Mahama introduced rigorous operational reforms aimed at improving efficiency and reducing waste. This included streamlining processes and enforcing stricter compliance measures across all levels of the organization.
  2. Financial Management: He prioritized sound financial management practices, ensuring better accountability and transparency in ECG’s financial dealings. This move helped restore investor and public confidence in the company’s operations.
  3. Customer Service Improvements: Under his leadership, ECG made significant strides in enhancing customer service. By leveraging technology and improving response times, the company was able to better meet the needs of its customers, thereby improving its public image.
  4. Stakeholder Engagement: Mr. Mahama demonstrated exceptional skill in managing relationships with key stakeholders, including the Parliament of Ghana. His dealings with the parliament showcased his commitment to accountability and his ability to handle high-pressure situations with composure.

Impact on ECG and the Broader Sector

Mr. Mahama’s leadership not only revitalized ECG but also set a new benchmark for leadership in Ghana’s power sector. His success is a testament to the impact that effective, no-nonsense leadership can have on a struggling organization. By instilling a culture of discipline and excellence, he paved the way for sustained growth and improvement.

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Mr. Samuel Dubik Mahama’s tenure as Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana in 2023 stands as a model of transformational leadership. His strategic initiatives and no-nonsense approach brought about significant improvements, earning him recognition and respect across the industry.

Reflecting on his two-year tenure as ECG boss, Samuel Mahama shared five key achievements in a LinkedIn post.

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He highlighted the implementation of digital solutions to enhance cashless payment and billing processes in the power system while addressing distribution losses and corruption.

Dubik Mahama also emphasized the successful revitalization of the ECG PowerApp, resulting in a significant increase in active users from 500,000 to over 3.5 million.

“Elevated the company’s monthly revenue from GHS 400 million to an impressive GHS 1 billion,” he wrote.

“Significantly reduced meter request backlogs through the Loss Reduction Project (LRP), achieving an injection of 275,000 meters into the system as of May 10, 2024,” Dubik Mahama added.

Furthermore, the ECG boss emphasized the ongoing initiative to replace outdated meters in alignment with the power distribution company’s upgraded meter management system across its operational regions.

“We are committed to transparency, and soon, we will be sharing comprehensive updates with our valued customers, detailing our efforts to enhance operational efficiency for a more reliable power supply. I extend my sincere gratitude to all staff members for their unwavering support through both challenges and triumphs,” Dubik Mahama’s post concluded.

In May 2022, President Akufo-Addo designated Samuel Dubik Masubir Mahama as the Managing Director of ECG, succeeding Kwame Agyeman–Budu, who reached the statutory retirement age of 60 during the same month.

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