By: Idowu Peters
Wednesday, July 31,2019
The Nigerian Institution of Power Engineers (NIPE), a division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has conferred fellowship on the Managing Director of Ibom Power Company limited, Engr. Meyen Etukudo at the second edition of the international power engineering conference held in Abuja.
The national chairman of the 3-year old institution, Engr. Israel Abraham said that the institution conferred its highest honour on Engr. Etukudo in recognition of his exceptional performance in the engineering profession over the years.
He said Engr. Etukudo has more than 30 years working experience at the defunct National Electric Power Authority (NEPA), Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP) and Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) before joining the Akwa Ibom State Government as the Special Assistant on power to the Governor.
According to his citation, Engr. Etukudo initiated and supervised the completion of a 2 x 15MVA injection substation in Uyo, installation and commissioning of a 60MVA transformer at Afaha Ube and the construction of a brand new 2 x 60MVA transmission substation at Ekim in Mkpat Enin local government area. His office also claims to have installed over 300 transformers across villages in Akwa Ibom state.
The keynote speaker and a former Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) Dr. Abubakar Atiku who spoke on the theme of the conference “The Nigerian electric power industry in crisis: getting back to the basics” said that as at April 2019 the total revenue shortfall in the Nigerian power sector was about N309billion.
He identified the major challenges of the Nigerian power industry as illiquidity, insufficient power generation, inadequate power evacuation capacity and dilapidated distribution infrastructure. Dr. Atiku called on the Federal Government and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to intervene in these areas for the sustainability of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).
On his part, the National Chairman of NIPE, Engr. Israel Abraham said that the council of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) approved the institution of power engineers for power industry professionals to identify the challenges in the Nigerian power sector and proffer solutions. He said the NIPE put into consideration the fact that the power industry is presently the single largest employer of engineers in Nigeria hence the need for the international power engineering conference.
“As at today, the institution of power engineers has established membership chapters in 22 location including Abuja, Egbin, Minna, Shiroro, New Bussa (Kainji/Jebba), Sapele, Ajaokuta, Ikeja, Ikot Abasi, Uyo, Calabar, Kaduna, Jos, Kano, Port Harcourt to mention but a few” he said.