The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, while speaking on CNBC Television, a business cable channel programme, disclosed that the government would soon appoint a substantive Chairman for the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) after several years of being without one, THISDAY reports.
According to him, the Senate had screened a chairman designate for the NERC. He, however, did not disclose the name of the candidate, but the last nominee of President Muhammadu Buhari to the post was James Momoh, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Howard University, US. Momoh was nominated by Buhari after Prof. Akintunde Akinwande, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), rejected his appointment. Since then NERC has operated without a substantive chair but with six commissioners.
However, a reliable Senate source said on Saturday that the upper chamber had not screened any nominee for the position of Nerc Chairman, saying no legislative approval would be given for the position until its rift with the executive over the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, is resolved.
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