Buhari nominates New NERC Chairman, a Professor at MIT, USA

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Akintunde Ibitayo Akinwande as the executive chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), reports have said.


Akinwande, a professor in the electrical engineering and computer science department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), if confirmed, will succeed Sam Amadi whose tenure ended in  December 2015.

Sources said the nomination of Akinwande by Mr President was tactical rejection of the preferred candidate of the minister of Power, Works, Babatunde Fashola, Olasupo Shasore, who was once attorney-general under him as governor of Lagos State.

President Buhari has also reportedly forwarded six names as commissioner nominees to the Senate for confirmation.

They include, Musiliu Olalekan Oseni (South West); Dafe C. Akpeneye (South-South); Okafor Frank Nwoye (South-East); Sanusi Garba (North West); Nathan Rogers Shatti (North East) and Moses Arigu (North Central).



  1. I can’t blame Fashola for nominating Sashore who l guessed is a Lawyer to head Electrical Related Commission because, he himself as a Lawyer is heading Ministries of Power, Works and housing and every body is seeing result. I don’t know what Nigeria Society of Engineers are doing for allowing non Processionals to head Power Ministry since all these days. Can an Engineer heads Ministry of Justice, Health & Finance? Yeye Country.

  2. ProfessionAls should be appointed to head Ministries nd Parastatals relating to their profession. For Nigeria to rearly develope the DAYS of “Chief, the Hon. Minister” By Chinua Achebe qua a School principal was appointed the Minister of Works. When he complained and Said he should have been the Minister of Education wherer he would know what to do he was told not to worryy, that the Permsec would do everything just for him to sign.

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