REMARKS BY THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF POWER, WORKS AND HOUSING, H.E. BABATUNDE RAJI FASHOLA, SAN AT THE INAUGURATION OF NIGERIAN ELECTRICITY REGULATORY COMMISSION (NERC) COMMISSIONERS ON TUESDAY, 7TH FEBRUARY, 2017 AT POWER HOUSE, MAITAMA, ABUJA
P R O T O C O L S
Welcome to this solemn but important event that has the propensity to profoundly and positively impact the electricity sector of our economy.
Pursuant to the nomination of suitably qualified Nigerians by Mr. President and the confirmation of the Senate, we gather to inaugurate:
Messrs Sanusi Garba, an Engineer (Electrical)-Vice Chairman
Professor Frank Okafor, an Engineer (Electrical)
Dafe C. Akpeneye, a Legal Practitioner
Nathan Roger Shatti, an Accountant
Dr. Musiliu O. Oseni, an Economist
Dr. Moses Arigu, a Scientist & Mathematician
as Commissioners of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
They have been chosen in the manner prescribed by law; and I particularly welcome their arrival for many reasons:
Provides stability in governance regulatory action and institution building to the sector; and
It allows the Ministry to focus on policy; coordination and completion of on-going Generation and Transmission projects.
I will like to thank Dr. Anthony Akah, who acted in capacity of CEO of NERC for about a year. His service to his country is highly appreciated and he must now hand over to the Vice-Chairman and his fellow Commissioners and return to his normal schedule of duties.
For the information of the public, this occasion provides the opportunity to again share knowledge with ourselves about the Nigerian Power Sector.
The first thing to emphasize is that the power sector has been privatized.
This process occurred and was concluded in November, 2013; and has resulted in the vesting of majority of Power Generation and Power Distribution in the hands of private owners.
So for the avoidance of doubt, power is now in private hands, and government is now largely a policy maker, and Regulator. Policy is the work of the Ministry and as I said, the completion of on-going Generation projects and Transmission projects.
Regulation is the work of NERC acting through the Commissioners we inaugurate today.
So for all those seeking license to generate power, to build coal and solar plants, and all other similar proposals, your letters should go to NERC not to the Ministry – Although you can copy us for information.
For all those who have issues with Meters, Estimated Billing, Customer Service issue, this is the work of NERC to ensure that the DISCOs perform and I urge you to direct your complaints to them, and keep us informed about the service they render to you, because we oversee them; but will not interfere with their work.
To NERC and the new Commissioners, I welcome you on board.
Be firm, but fair.
Regulate but be business oriented.
Remember that regulations are Rules; and Rules are made for us, we are not made for the Rules. Regulate with the understanding that the industry is young, in Transition and needs support.
I wish you success and you can count on the support of the Ministry.
BABATUNDE RAJI FASHOLA, SAN
HONOURABLE MINISTER OF POWER, WORKS & HOUSING
7TH FEBRUARY, 2017.
ABRIDGED BIO-DATA OF NERC COMMISSIONERS
Vice Chairman, representing North West
Sanusi Garba obtained his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Ahmadu Bello University where he graduated as the Best Final Year Student in Electrical Engineering. He later obtained a Master of Science degree in Industrial Management from the University of Birmingham, UK. His professional career started at the design & standards department of the then National Electric Power Authority headquarters, Lagos where he was posted for the National Youth Service. Prior to his nomination for the position of Vice Chairman of NERC, Engr Sanusi Garba had served as the Chief Executive of Katsina Steel Rolling Co. Ltd and Director (Power) in the Federal Ministry of Power with responsibility for Generation, Transmission and Distribution aspects of the electricity industry. He has also served as Executive Director (Generation) at the Niger Delta Power Holding Co. Ltd during which he provided technical and commercial leadership for the efficient operation of seven (7) NIPP thermal power plants. Engr Garba has served on many Federal Government Committees including the Presidential Committee on Power Sector Reform (2007/8) and the Presidential Task Force on Power (2009/10).
Dafe C. Akpeneye
Commissioner, representing South South
Dafe is legal practitioner from Erho-Abraka, Delta State. He obtained his LL.B from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife and a BL from the Nigerian Law School in 2003. He did his National Youth Service with the firm of Ibrahim, Yakubu & Co. in 2004 and thereafter worked with Ajumogobia & Okeke, a leading commercial law firm in Lagos till December 2005. He joined PriceWaterhouseCoopers in December 2005 where he was a director of regulatory service and General Counsel for the firm in Anglophone West Africa till 31 January 2017. He is married to Tomi and they are blessed with two children.
Nathan Rogers Shatti
Commissioner, representing North East
Born 49 years ago in Adamawa State, Mr Nathan Shatti graduated with B.Sc (Hons.) in Accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1990 following which he received professional training with Akintola Williams Deloitte (Chartered Accountants). He has also worked with ExxonMobil in Nigeria and several countries in Europe and East Africa during which he gathered significant international experience in the Oil & Gas industry. Mr. Shatti was a former Commissioner of Finance in Adamawa State, and is a Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and a Member of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN).
Dr Moses Arigu, PhD
Commissioner, representing North Central zone
Dr Moses Arigu obtained his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Jos and PhD in Computing & Mathematics from Brunel University, UK with specialization in Heat Equations. He has published many research papers in international Computer and Engineering journals. Some of the mathematical methods he developed have been named after him and are being applied by North American Space Agency (NASA) and the High Performance Computing Laboratory in the United States.
Dr. Arigu has acquired over 25 years of experience in Capital Markets, Technology & Operations and was Assistant Vice President (Credit Suisse and JP Morgan Chase) all in New York. Until his confirmation as a Commissioner at the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, Dr. Arigu was Vice President, GCS Partners at the Royal Bank of Canada.
Dr. Musiliu Olalekan Oseni, PhD
Commissioner, representing South West
Dr Oseni was, until his appointment as Commissioner at NERC, a Research Associate in Economics and Finance of the Built Environment at the University College London, and was previously a researcher at the Energy Policy Research Group, University of Cambridge, UK. Musiliu’s research interests cut across Energy and Behavioral Economics, and he was involved in several consulting projects for energy industry and for the World Bank. His research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Energy Journal, Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, and the Journal of Energy and Development. Musiliu holds a PhD in Business/Energy Economics from the University of Cambridge, a Master of Science in Energy Economics and Policy from the University of Surrey, UK, and a first class Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Professor Frank N. Okafor
Commissioner, Representing South East
Frank Nwoye Okafor is a Professor of Electrical Power and Control Engineering at the University of Lagos where he earned a PhD in 1993 majoring in Power System Control. At the peak of incidences of grid collapse in the 1990s, he developed a two-area control structure for the Nigerian Power System and deployed a robust non-linear controller for Automatic Generation Control (AGC) to improve grid stability. He was a German Research Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow (2000) and later appointed Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany (2003) with focus on High Voltage Test Techniques for power components. In 2006, he was appointed Project Manager (System Studies) for the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP) where he led an in-house team to successfully perform Integration and Evacuation Studies for the 10 NIPP power Plants. He was appointed, in 2010, as the Director General of High Voltage Technology Centre (HIVOTEC), a Public-Private Partnership initiative devoted to High Voltage Engineering and Power Quality where he developed modules for Type Tests for locally produced high voltage components like insulators, cross arms, clamps, conductors, etc. He is a registered Engineer, a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (2003 best fellow) and a distinguished Fellow of The Nigerian Academy of Engineering (FAEng). Prof. Okafor is married to Dr. (Mrs) Ogechi Okafor and the marriage is blessed with children.