Senate Rejects Buhari’s Nominee For NERC Chairman

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of six members for the board of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission.

The Senate however, refused to confirm Akintunde Akinwande, the nominee of President Muhammadu Buhari for the chairmanship position of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

Citing Akinwande’s failure to appear before it for screening, the upper chamber asked President Buhari to send another nominee for the position.

After his appointment was announced, Akinwande, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), did not present himself to the Department of State Services (DSS) for for security checks.

He also failed to appear before the Senate twice in October, a move that was interpreted as a rejection of the appointment.

The confirmed nominees are Sanusi Garba (North-West), Nathan Rogers Shatti (North-East), Moses Arigu (North-Central), Dafe Akpedeye (South-South), Frank Okafor (South-East) and Musiliu Oseni (South-West).

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


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