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FLASH | Buhari appoints Momoh to head NERC


President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Professor James Momoh to the Senate for confirmation as Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). A presidency statement announced the nomination on Friday.

Momoh is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; and Director of Energy Services and Controls at Howard University, United States of America. A Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Fellow of the Nigeria Society of Engineers, the nominee has over three decades of teaching and research experience in power system, smart grid, optimisation and power communications.

He is 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. Momoh has a Doctorate degree in electrical engineering from Howard University; Master’s degrees in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania; and electrical engineering from Carnegie University.

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He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1975 from Howard University. The statement issued by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said Buhari strongly believes that 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.

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  • akin sodimu
    April 22, 2017 at 4:16 am

    This is great ! For efficient performance, Buhari should appoint Prof. James Momoh as the Minister of power, our leaders should learn the management techniques of appointing people to areas where they are best suited according to their respective field of studies. Prof. James Momoh is one of those Nigerian professional experts in far away America, doing Nigeria proud, and actually show-casing the robust mental capability of Nigerian intellectuals. I congratulate him on his new appointment, which hopefully might bring the needed improvement in the power sector.


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