APPOINTMENT REJECTION: I did not Turn Down President Buhari’s Nomination — Prof. Akinwande Tells Nigerians.
By Festus Fifen.
Contrary to insinuations and media reports that the Nominee of President Muhammadu Buhari to fill the post of chairman of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Prof. Akintunde Ibitayo Akinwande, sent to the National Assembly for screening and confirmation rejected the offer, the nominee has said that he will honour the invitation for screening by the Nigerian Senate after clearing with his current employer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), U S A.
In a letter, dated 26th October, 2016, to the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, sent through the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Sen. Ita Enang, The Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science explained that he is contractually constrained to seek formally the consent of the university for a leave of absence before presenting himself to the Senate for screening and if confirmed take on the assignment.
In a statement by Presidential spokesman Mr. Femi Adesina, Prof. Akintunde Ibitayo Akinwande said he has great respect for President Buhari and throws his support fully behind the change he (Buhari) has brought and is bringing to the way Government business is conducted in Nigeria.
In his words. ‘‘I am deeply honored that Mr. President and his team thought me worthy for this important national assignment and sought me out for it. I am a tenured professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”
Prof. Akinwande apologized to the Senate Committee for not showing up for the screening process scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, 2017, noting that it was not out of disrespect for the institution.
The academic said he would be available for the screening after clearance from the MIT.