Again, PMB’s Nominee Shuns Senate’s Screening For NERC Chairmanship
It now official that President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominee for the position of chairman of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Professor Akintunde Akinwande, is not interested in the job as he failed for the second time to present himself before Senate for screening yesterday.
Recall that the United States-based Akinwande had earlier refused to turn up before the Senate Committee on Power for screening of all commissioner-nominees for NERC, a development which was widely reported that he had rejected his nomination.
But the Presidency swiftly denied the reports and claimed that Akinwande was simply trying to formalise his resignation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he is currently engaged.
But at a rescheduled screening session slated for yesterday by the Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe-led committee, Akinwande was absent again even as he informally informed the committee that he was not available for the job.
A source in the committee, who confided in select journalists, claimed that Akinwande sent a text message to a member of the committee that he was not interested in the job.
Meanwhile, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, tried to persuade the committee not to regard Akiwande’s absence to mean that he had declined the President’s nomination.
“I would want to plead to the committee that the nominee was simply absent. I will communicate with the President and get more information about him and get back,” the presidential aide said.
But the committee members said they had tried their best, hence they would prepare a final report and submit to the Senate at plenary, which will take final decision on Akinwande’s nomination.
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