Chief Willie Obiano: Grateful to President Buhari
Anambra state Governor Chief Willie Obiano, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari, for appointing Dr. Nnaemeka Ewelukwa, as the chief executive officer of the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET).
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba, and made available to journalists in Awka today, said Gov. Obiano in a letter to President Buhari, noted that he “couldn’t have appointed a more qualified, competent and reform-minded technocrat for the job.”
SummitNews recalls that the Minister of Power, Engineer Saleh Mamman, announced two weeks ago President Buhari’s approval of Dr. Ewelukwa as replacement for Dr. Marylyn Amobi, both from Anambra State, whose five-year tenure ends on July 24.
“It is self-evident that the president recognizes the critical role of the NBET in the electricity value chain in Nigeria and so went for the best to help move the entire power sector in a different direction,” Obiano declared in the letter to the president.
Dr. Ewelukwa, was until his appointment the NBET general counsel, and has been involved in Nigeria’s power sector reform for at least 10 years, having worked at the Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP), headed by Prof. Bart Nnaji, who was later appointed minister of power in July, 2011.
The statement said that as the pioneer NBET general counsel and secretary, Dr. Emelukwa led the team which negotiated with independent power producers on power purchase agreements (PPAs), that thus enabled huge investments from the private sector into Nigeria’s electricity generation business.
Governor Obiano observed that the new NBET CEO played a key role on the team which identified serious legal, regulatory and policy constraints to the development of Nigeria’s electricity and suggested ways to overcome the challenges.
“Due to the exceedingly impressive work done by such outstanding technocrats as Prof. Nnaji and Dr. Ewelukwa, the British and American governments, among others, assisted Nigeria to develop the critical power infrastructure,” noted the governor.
He also recalled how such global firms as General Electric of the United States, Siemens of Germany and Daewoo Heavy Industries of South Korea took an unprecedented interest in the country’s power sector.
Chief Obiano described Ewelukwa as “infectiously humble and principled, a team player and far-sighted leader with a good international exposure, key leadership requirements in today’s globalized world”.
The governor said he is confident that Dr. Ewelukwa would bring glory to Nigeria the way a number of Anambra indigenes given critical national assignments discharged their duties.
“The whole nation,” he stated, “remembers with nostalgia the fantastic work done since the restoration of democracy by such sons and daughters of Anambra State like Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo, as the Central Bank governor, Prof. Dora Akunyili, as the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC) director general; Engineer Ernest Ndukwe as the CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, as head of the Due Process Office before becoming the Minister of Solid Minerals and later Minister of Education, Engineer Emeka Eze, as the Bureau for Public Procurement director general.”
Ewelukwa studied law at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, before proceeding to the London School of Economics to specialize in international business law.
He later proceeded to Queen Mary College of the University of London, where he took a doctoral degree in privatization of state-owned enterprises and reform of the Nigerian power sector.
He is the author of three authoritative books on electricity transactions, aswell as member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.