By Inalegwu Shaiubu
ABUJA — THE Senate has confirmed Dr. Sam Amadi as Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, and six new commissioners.
Amadi and the new commissioners were confirmed, following the presentation of the screening report by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Power and Steel, Senator Nicholas Ugbane.
The new commissioners and their portfolios are Muhammed Lawal Bello, Adamawa, North-East, Vice Chairman heading Renewable, Research and Development; Mr Eyo Ekpo, Cross River, South-South, Commissioner, Market Competition and Rates; and Dr. Ibrahim Armiyau, Kaduna, North-West, Commissioner, Government and Consumers Affairs.
Others are Engr. Mary Awolokun, Ekiti, South-West, Commissioner, Engineering, Standards and Safety; Mr. Patrick Umeh, Abia, South-East, Commissioner, Finance and Management Services and Dr. Steven Andzenge, Benue, North Central, Commissioner, Legal, Licensing and Enforcement.
Contributing during the consideration of the report, Senator Victor Ndoma_Egba said the new board will restore confidence in the NERC, which has been bedevilled with problems for a long time.
“The undue and unlawful meddlesomeness in the activities of the commission in which the activities were set aside without due regards to the act establishing the commission will end with this new board. There is the need to restore confidence in the commission in view of the huge importance of electricity to our economy,” he added.
At the end of the consideration of the report, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu who presided over the report charged the incoming board to improve on the existing power situation in the country.
He said, “I believe they will take this work seriously and work hand in hand with other agency to meet the President’s target to ensure we have steady power supply in the near future.”