22 April 2017, Sweetcrude, Lagos – President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded Prof. James Momoh’s name to the Senate for confirmation for the position of chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC.
If confirmed by the Senate, Prof. Momoh will end Dr. Anthony Akah’s over one year reign as acting NERC chairman.
Prof. Momoh’ s nomination is coming two months after the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola had inaugurated NERC’s commissioners without a substantive chairman.
Prof. Momoh is a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; and Director of Energy Services and Controls at Howard University, United States of America.
He is also a life fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and fellow of the Nigeria Society of Engineers. He has over three decades of teaching and research experience in power system, smart grid, optimisation and power communications.
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.
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.
A statement signed by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated 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.