NERC Board Chair: Why Senate Rejected Akinwande

The Senate has unanimously rejected the nomination of Professor Akintunde Akinwande as Chairman for the Board of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commissin, NERC.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s had nominated the professor and forwarded his name to the senate for screening.
The senate invited Akinwande for screening but the professor failed to honour the invitation without giving any reason.

The Senate has however asked President Buhari to represent another nominee to the upper chambers for screening and subsequent confirmation in pursuant to section 34(1) of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act, EPSR 2005. 

The Senate however confirmed Sanusi Garba as Vice Chairman representing the North East; Nathan Rogers Shatti representing the North East as a Commissioner; Dafe Akpeneve as a Commissioner representing the South South; and Moses Arigu as a Commissioner representing the North Central Zone. 

The Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy said that the rejection of Akinwande became imperative because he was invited by the Committee, but refused to appear. 



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