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7 Facts About Newly Appointed NERC Chairman, James Momoh

On April 21, 2017, President Muhammadu Buhari nominated Prof James Momoh for the position of Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), and his name was forwarded to the Senate for confirmation.

Here are several facts to know about him:

1. Background

James Momoh was born on November 26, 1950. He is a Nigerian-born professor, and has spent most of his time in the United States.

2. Education

He is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; and holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1975 from Howard University.

He is holds a Masters degrees in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania; and electrical engineering from Carnegie University.

James Momoh is the new chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission

3. Professional qualifications

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Prof Momoh is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Fellow of the Nigeria Society of Engineers, and has over three decades of teaching and research experience in power system, smart grid, optimisation and power communications.

4. Awards

He is a 1987 recipient of the National Science Foundation-US White House Presidential Young Investigator Award and he is a widely published scholar and has held several professional leadership positions in the academia.

5. Career

Professor Momoh has served as a technology transfer agent to Nigeria utilities and industries including National Electrical Power Authority (NEPA), Nigeria , where he actively promoted fundamental understanding, assessing the options and practices available for deregulation and privatization of the electric power industry.

7. Company

Momoh is also the founder of the Energy Expert Systems Institute (EESI), a high school summer program that has brought over 30 Nigerian high school students to Howard University in the past 10 years and introduced them to Electrical Engineering.

He has graduated over a dozen engineers and helped build bridges for collaboration through research and education between Nigeria and Africa countries as well as the US.


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