President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock and sadness over the tragic deaths of many Nigerians in Calabar, Cross River State.
The dead and injured, mostly youths, were said to have been watching a football match in a zinc house built under high tension cables in the Access school axis of Calabar municipality.
The cable allegedly cut and literally roasted the young boys and girls.
In a statement by Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant (Media & Publicity), President Buhari said he “is shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic event that took the lives of several Nigerians at a football viewing centre in Calabar, Cross River State, Thursday night.”
The statement said further that the “President commiserates with the government and people of Cross River State, and football fans nationwide over the unfortunate incident” and “commends the State Government for the prompt action in setting up a commission of inquiry into the incident,and its offer of assistance to the victims and their families.
“The President offers his deepest condolences to the family and friends of the mostly young victims, whose sudden demise is a big blow not only to their families, but also to the football-loving nation.
“He prays that God Almighty will grant the souls of the departed eternal rest and comfort all who mourn their irreparable loss.”
In another development, President Buhari has nominated Prof. James Momoh for the position of Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
The President’s nominee to the Senate for confirmation is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; and Director of Energy Services and Controls at Howard University, United States of America.
Prof. Momoh, a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Fellow of the Nigeria Society of Engineers, has over three decades of teaching and research experience in power systems, smart grid, optimisation and power communications.
The 1987 recipient of the National Science Foundation-US White House Presidential Young Investigator Award is a widely published scholar and has held several professional leadership positions in the academia.
Prof Momoh has a Doctorate degree in electrical engineering from Howard University; Master’s degrees in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania; and electrical engineering from Carnegie University. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1975 from Howard University.
A statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity) said that President Buhari strongly believes that Prof Momoh has the technical knowledge, capacity and integrity to lead the Commission’s effort to bring about the much needed CHANGE in Nigeria’s power sector.