Today, December 22, 2015 marks the official end of Dr. Sam Amadi and Muhammad Lawal Bello’s tenures as Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) .
Meanwhile the Presidency has yet to announce the nomination of new commissioners.
The Electric Power Sector Reform Act (EPSR) 2005 does not make provisions for a lacuna in the management of the commission. Section 35 of the act holds that new appointments or re-appointments should be made before the expiration of the existing tenure.
While no nomination has been made, sabinews.com can report that the post of Chairman and Chief Executive of NERC may be filled by Supo Shasore another lawyer, former attorney General of Lagos state, a very close friend of Babatunde Fashola and a surprise governorship aspirant in the last elections.
If Shasore emerges Chairman of NERC he will be taking over at a pivotàl and contentious period following tariff increases and removal of fixed charges.
But the combination of Sashore at NERC and his friend and former boss at the power ministry could prove a winning combination because the two men are believed to be cerebral and forward thinking. Having Shasore at NERC will allow Fashola to focus his energies more on Works and Housing.
Shasore’s nomination, if made, would still have to be forwarded to the Senate for confirmation