The two documents were launched in the Western Region, as part of the annual review meeting of the Network Projects Directorate.
In a speech read on his behalf, the Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana, Mr. Robert Dwamena, praised the Network Projects Directorate for the initiative. He noted that the launch of the Project Management Manual, inter alia, is to help ECG deliver ongoing and future planned projects to internationally accepted standards and ensure effective project delivery.
“Presently, there are documents/manuals in fragmented forms in the care of different departments/regions upon which project teams depend for implementing projects. This has led to a situation where most ongoing projects are not being implemented in accordance with best Project Management Practices. The development of the Project Management Manual for Electrical Projects (PMMEP) will therefore fill the huge vacuum created by the lack of harmonized approved procedures for corporate use, ensure harmonization of all existing procedures as well as the amalgamation of existing documents/manuals into a single document”, Mr. Dwamena said.
Project Management Manual for Electrical Projects (PMMEP)
This manual will serve as a “Code of Practice” or a “Handbook” for all Sub-transmission/Distribution Network Project Management Teams in ECG. It will essentially serve as a one stop consulting document or a handbook for all staff assigned the responsibility of managing electrical projects.
Launching the manual, the Director of Network Projects, Ing. Samuel Boakye-Appiah, noted that the primary purpose of developing the PMMEP is to entrench best project management practices in ECG and to ensure that electrical projects are executed within scope, cost, schedule and with quality standards to meet the growing demand for power. He therefore urged all staff to commit themselves to study and make use of the manual.
Code of Conduct for Third Party Contractors
The Code of Conduct for Third Party Contractors also sets out standards to guide the behaviour, attitude and conduct of Third Party Contractors and their staff in the execution of their obligations with regards to contracts entered in with ECG.
Ing. Boakye-Appiah revealed that the document has been developed to promote professionalism amongst all third party contractors in the provision of services to ECG.
He thus, admonished Third Party Contractors to conform to the Code of Conduct, and Project Engineers and Supervisors to report any contractor whose behaviour may be in breach of the code.
Over the last five years, ECG has been executing projects in the various Directorates as part of efforts to implement various initiatives identified under the Strategic Plan currently under implementation. Currently, there are thirty major projects with about 180 sub-projects underway.
It has therefore become necessary for ECG to be more efficient in the delivery of such projects. This will result in faster completion of projects, lower project cost and shorter lead times from network problem identification to commissioning of the solution.
To achieve all these objectives, Management of ECG has implemented the following key decisions since the year 2015:
- Instituted a Project Managers’ Forum to serve as a platform for Project Teams to share knowledge and experience in Project Management.
- Sponsored 200 personnel to undertake training in Project Management in a bid to build staff capacity and entrench best project management practices within the Company. Currently, all staff of the Network Project Directorate have benefited from this training programme.
- Certified twenty-five members of staff as Professional Project Managers (PMPs).
- Approved a Project Management Manual for Electrical Projects (PMMEP) and a Code of Conduct for Third Party Contractors
Also present at the launch were - the Director of Operations, Ing. Tetteh Okyne (who represented the Managing Director), Ing. Joseph Amakye, Director of the Ashanti Strategic Business Unit and Ing. Jacqueline Ofori-Atta, the General Manager for Western Region.