PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Prof James Momoh for the position of Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
According to a statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Friday, the nominee to the Senate for confirmation is a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; and Director of Energy Services and Controls at Howard University, United States of America.
It said Prof Momoh, a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Fellow of the Nigeria Society of Engineers, has over three decades of teaching and research experience in power system, smart grid, optimization and power communications.
The statement further said that 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.
It added: “Prof 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. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1975 from Howard University.”
The statement noted that President Buhari strongly believes that Prof 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.”
Buhari had last year nominated Professor Akintunde Akinwande for the position but he failed to show up for Senate screening.