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Senate Drops Akinwande for NERC Chairmanship Job

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The Senate on Tuesday dropped the nominee for the chairmanship position of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Prof. Akintunde Akinwande.

The Senate explained that it took the decision because the nominee failed to appear before its Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy for screening.

However, the red chamber confirmed the nomination of six members for the board of NERC and they are Nathan Rogers Shatti (North-East), Sanusi Garba (North-West), Moses Arigu (North-Central), Frank Okafor (South-East) and Musiliu Oseni (South-West), Dafe Akpedeye (South-South).

But Sanusi Garba was confirmed as Vice-Chairman of NERC, while the other five were confirmed as commissioners.

The Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to nominate another candidate for the NERC’s top job.

The Committee said it was left with no choice to seek for Prof Akinwande’s replacement because of his refusal to appear for screening. This is not the first time he has failed to do so.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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