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NSE CONFERS FELLOWSHIP ON IBOM POWER MD

The MANAGING Director of Ibom Power Company Limited and Special Assistant to Governor Akwa Ibom Governor Udom Emmanuel on Power Engr. Meyen Etukudo has been conferred with the Fellowship of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE).

At the Fifth Fellowship lecture and conferment ceremony at the Banquet Hall of NAF Conference in Abuja, NSE President Otis Oliver Anyaeji said NSE honoured Engr. Etukudo for his hard work and contributions to the development of engineering.

Anyaeji said the engineers conferred with the Fellowship distinguished themselves in the profession and are joining other  elite professionals in delivering value to development of the nation.

He said: “This conferment of Fellowship must not be seen as an end in itself but an opportunity to be of greater service to NSE; supporting its projects and programmes, and lending your voices and muscles to its quests to change engineering practice. I urge you to continue to prove yourselves as worthy ambassadors of NSE.”

Etukudo, who has 32 years experience in the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA), Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), hailed NSE for conferring him with the award.

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He used the lecture, themed: “Power Sector Reform in Nigeria – the Missing link,” to lend his voice on the privatisation of power assets, saying privatisation has not improved the financial viability of power companies.

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Engineer Etukudo suggested that a lot of money is still needed to be pumped into Nigeria’s power sector.

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“I came from the NEPA background and NEPA staff really resisted privatization, because it was not ripe… the platform was not ready. Look at generation companies, how do they pay for gas, where is the money to pay? How do they do turn around maintenance when there is no money?  Today, distribution cannot give meters to 50% of the power consumers in Nigeria, so, a lot of things still have to be done” he stated.

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MICHAEL DADA

Michael Dada is the media/publicity officer of Ibom Power Company Limited. He is a graduate of Journalism from Lagos State University School of Communication. He did internship at The Nation newspaper and Voice of Nigeria. He has a Digital Marketing Master Class certificate from Wild Fusion Digital and a certificate in WordPress web design from Spring Light Technology. He holds a Competence in Writing and Speaking certificate from the School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University. He has a post-graduate certificate in Advanced Writing and Reporting Skills from the School of Media and Communication. He is an Associate of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, NIPR, and an Alumnus of Pan Atlantic University.

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