Senate Tuesday told President Muhammadu Buhari to change the nomination of Prof. Akintunde Akinwande as Chairman-designate of Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Governing Board over his refusal to appear before the Committee for screening.
This was as result of the report submitted by Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development, and Metallurgy chaired by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.
Presenting the report, Abaribe explained to the Senate that Prof. Akinwande refused to appear before the Committee for screening for the position.
Abaribe's committee recommended in the report that Mr. President should replace his nomination with another person.
After exhaustive debate on the report, Senate confirmed other members of governing board of the agency
They are Sanusi Garba as Vice Chairman (North West), Nathan Rogers shatti, Commissioner (North East), Dr. Moses Arigu, Commissioner (North Central), Dafe Akpedeye, commissioner (South-East), Dr. Musilliu Oseni, Commissioner (South West).
It could be recalled it was reported that Akinwande rejected his appointment as designate chairman of NERC.
However, In his letter addressed to the chairman of the senate committee on Power, Steel and Metallurgy, Akinwande said he will honour the Senate's invitation for screening after clearing with his current employer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), U. S, A. His statement in part reads
"News reports in Nigeria that I have rejected President Buhari's nomination to be Chairman of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission have been brought to my attention.
“I have the greatest respect for President Buhari.
“I am fully behind the change he has brought and is bringing to the way Government business is conducted in Nigeria.
“I am deeply honored that Mr. President and his team thought me worthy for this important national assignment and sought me out for it.
“I am a tenured professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“As such I am contractually constrained to seek formally the consent of the University for a leave of absence before presenting myself to the Senate for screening, and if confirmed to take on the assignment."