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Ewelukwa takes over at NBET as Amobi steps down amidst financial improprieties

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Nnaemeka Ewelukwa
Dr. Nnaemeka Ewelukwa has assumed office as the acting Managing Director/CEO of the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET).
The Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman on Tuesday directed that the erstwhile MD, Dr. Marilyn Amobi stepped down over myriads of complaints.
He also raised a five man committee to investigate those complaints about Amobi.
Barely 24 hours after the directive, NBET in a statement on Wednesday by Aisha Waziri from the corporate services department said the directive has been complied with as Dr. Ewelukwa, a General Manager, and the pioneer General Counsel and Company Secretary at NBET took charge of the agencies’ operations.
He has been there at the establishment of NBET by the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) as a bulk electricity trader in the nascent electricity market.
Ewelukwa has been part of the executive management team at NBET and has over 20 years of professional experience spanning private practice, academia and currently, public service.
Prior to joining NBET, he served as a Technical Adviser on electricity regulatory and transaction issues with the Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP} set up by the federal government to lead the implementation of the reform roadmap for the power sector.
He has led NBET’s negotiations with Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and the development of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs} at NBET, paving the way for billions of dollars in additional private sector investments in the electric power sector.
Dr Ewelukwa is also a co-author of three globally acclaimed handbooks on electricity transactions   namely, Understanding   Power Purchase Agreements   (2014}, Understanding   Power   Project   Financing (2016), and Understanding Power Project Procurement (2018}.
They were supported by the United States Power Africa initiative and the African Legal Support Facility hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB).
A qualified  lawyer  by training,  Dr. Ewelukwa holds  an undergraduate law  degree  from the  University  of  Nigeria, a Master of Laws degree  in International Business Law, from the  London  School of  Economics  and  Political  Science (LSE} and  a  PhD in  Law  from Queen  Mary, University  of  London, with  specialization   on  privatization   and  the  legal reform  of the Nigerian  power  sector.
He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
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