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Again, Buhari’s nominee shuns Senate’s screening for NERC job

01 December 2016, 08:23

Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominee as the Chairman of the Board of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, Prof. Akintunde Akinwande, on Wednesday failed to show up again for the screening by the Senate.

This is the second time Akinwande shunned the Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe-led committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy.

The committee had in October invited Akinwande and other nominees for screening.

Also read: Another nominee turns down Buhari's offer

Akinwande, who is based in the United States of America, however, did not show up for screening when others did.

His screening was rescheduled for Wednesday by the Senate.

Akinwande was not just absent, but informally told the committee that he was not available for the job, reports Vanguard.

A source in the committee disclosed that Akinwande sent a text message to a member of the committee, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi that he was not interested in the job.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, however tried to persuade the committee not to interpret Akinwande’s absence to mean that he had declined the President’s nomination.

Enang  said: “I would want to plead with the committee that the nominee was simply absent. I will communicate with the President and get more information about him and get back.”

Enang's remark according to Nation was quickly rebuffed by members of the committee, who openly declared that they had tried enough and would not be ready to reconvene a third screening session for Akinwande.

The Senate is expected to take a decision on the matter based on the report the committee would be submitting for consideration.

Akinwande is a Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

- News 24

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