By Festus Fifen.
President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Prof. James Momoh for the position of Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President Mallam Garba Shehu, The President’s nominee to the Senate for confirmation is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; and Director of Energy Services and Controls at Howard University, United States of America.
According to the statement, Prof. Momoh, a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Fellow of the Nigeria Society of Engineers, has over three decades of teaching and research experience in power system, smart grid, optimisation and power communications.
The 1987 recipient of the National Science Foundation-US White House Presidential Young Investigator Award is a widely published scholar and has held several professional leadership positions in the academia.
President Buhari strongly believes that Prof Momoh has the technical knowledge, capacity and integrity to lead the Commission’s effort to bring about the much needed CHANGE in Nigeria’s power sector.
It will be recalled that Prof. Akintunde Akinwande a US based Nigerian who appointed to this position in October 2016 rejected the offer for reason still unknown till date
The professor who denied rejecting the offer said that he needed time to clear things with his current employers before coming to Nigeria.
However this current appointment must have ruled out any possibility of Prof. Akinwande accepting the offer.