Solomon Omorodion Uwaifo
With his latest book, Solomon Omorodion Uwaifo, one of Nigeria’s renowned authors and professionals, has given us an exposition on the power sector, and Nigeria and the world have been handed an incisive and well-informed insight into the endemic and debilitating power sector that the country has been grappling with over the years.
Titled, Conversations in Electric Utility Engineering, Uwaifo, who is an NLNG joint winner of the Nigeria Prize for Literature, has over the years written about the power sector, offering the public his vast knowledge of the workings of the industry from his years as a former top-ranked employee of the defunct Electricity Corporation of Nigeria (ECN). This time, he tells Nigeria what to do to change the industry and make it better.
A Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), an Eisenhower Fellow, the chairman of Hanon Publishers Limited as well as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of Benin Moat Foundation, and former columnist of the Vanguard Newspaper, some of his books on the power sector include, Electric Power Distribution, Planning and Development, and That Nigeria May Survive, a critical look at public utilities in Nigeria.
This latest book to be presented to the public at a formal launch slated to hold at MUSON Centre, Onikan on August 2, is Uwaifo’s seminal work, which speaks of his passion and commitment to ensure that Nigeria’s power sector works, and serves as a fulcrum for the industrialisation of the country, as it has been done elsewhere.
This fact has been given credence by a former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, as he X-ray’s Uwaifo’s focal thrust in the forward to the book.The public will be given opportunity to enjoy conversations between Uwaifo and cohorts, as they review the problems of the country’s power sector and how to resolve them for the benefit of the country at the public launch to be chaired by chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Professor James Momoh.
Expected special guests include, Lagos State governor, Akinwumi Ambode and the Federal Minister of Power, Works and Housing as well as the father of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI), Babatunde Raji Fashola. It should be a great day for stakeholders of the sector, professionals and the academic to weigh in on the power sector and the way forward for the sector.