IBOM POWER MD BAGS NSE FELLOWSHIP

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

At the 5th Fellowship conferment lecture and Fellowship conferment ceremony of the NSE which held recently at the Banquet Hall of NAF Conference in Abuja, the NSE President Engr. Otis Oliver Anyaeji said the conferment was as a result of Engr. Etukudo’s hard work and contributions to the development of the engineering profession and his immediate community.

Engr. Anyaeji said that the engineers conferred with the fellowship have distinguished themselves in the engineering profession and are joining the league of elite professionals in delivering value services to the 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 the Nigerian Society of Engineers; supporting its projects and programmes, and lending your voices and muscles to its quests to change the face of engineering practice. I therefore charge you to continue to prove yourselves as worthy ambassadors of NSE.”

The conferee, Engineer Etukudo who has 32 years working experience in the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA), Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) appreciated the NSE for conferring him with the highest award for practicing engineering in Nigeria.

He seized the opportunity of the conferment lecture themed: “Power Sector Reform in Nigeria – the Missing link” to lend his voice on the privatization of power assets. He said the privatization has not improved the financial viability of power companies across the nation.

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

“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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