Prof. AKINTUNDE IBITAYO AKINWANDE, nominated for the Chairmanship of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission NERC, has said he will honour an invitation for screening by the Nigerian Senate after clearing with his current employer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT in the United States.
Recall that AKINWANDE had failed to appear before a senate committee for screening and did not also show up for a security screening by the Department of State Services.
However in a letter to Senator ENYINNAYA ABARIBE, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, Prof. AKINWANDE said he did not turn down the offer by President MUHAMMADU BUHARI.
Part of the letter reads, “I am a tenured professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As such I am contractually constrained to seek formally the consent of the University for a leave of absence before presenting myself to the senate for screening and if confirmed take on the assignment.”
Prof. AKINWANDE apologized to the Senate Committee for not showing up for the screening process scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, 2016, noting that it was not out of disrespect for the institution.