Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, has inugurated three ministerial teams to provide technical support, project delivery coordination, stakeholder management, and media relations to the ministry.
The teams, according to Adelabu, will play a crucial role in driving key initiatives, ensuring seamless project monitoring and execution, fostering collaboration with stakeholders, and communicating the ministry’s objectives and activities to the public effectively.
“This strategic move is aimed at strengthening the ministry’s existing capabilities and enhance its efforts in delivering efficient and sustainable power solutions to the nation.
“The appointed team members bring a wealth of expertise from diverse backgrounds, enabling them to contribute effectively to the ministry’s goals. Their collective knowledge and experience will be instrumental in achieving the vision of providing reliable and affordable power supply for all citizens,” Adelabu said.
The technical support and project coordination team will provide support to the Minister of Power in the areas of policy and regulation, research and analysis, briefing and documentation, project tracking, coordination and harmonisation, technical expertise, crisis management, international cooperation, monitoring and evaluation.
The team would be led by Chief Technical Assistant (CTA), Adedayo Olowoniyi, a seasoned professional with proven success in conceptualizing strategies and directing multicultural teams to streamline operations, improve fiscal health, and propel business growth across Africa. He established and steered entities in Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya and Angola.
He has over 10 years experience as CEO of multinational companies in Africa, and 15 years experience in the power sector in Africa. Adedayo was the first Nigerian CEO and Country Manager for ABB, the Vice President, Business Development and Managing Director for MAN Diesel & Turbo, a German manufacturer of turbines, engines and compressors for power generation and oil & gas applications.
He possesses in-depth knowledge and understanding of the power sector in Sub- Saharan Africa and its challenges. Olowoniyi also has vast international experience within multiple countries, including the United Kingdom, United States, Switzerland, South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya and Angola.
He will be supported by other seasoned professionals and specialists across the power sector value chain as well as institutional technical partners from UKNaif, AfDB, USAID, and the World Bank.
The stakeholder coordination team, headed by Senior Special Assistant (SSA), Stakeholders Management, Hon Rotimi Ajanaku, has the primary responsibility of managing and facilitating effective communication and collaboration between the minister and various technical and political stakeholders in the power sector. This include stakeholder mapping, relationship building, policy advocacy, public relations, political analysis, political strategy, conflict resolution, political intelligence and political risk assessment.
Ajanaku, a graduate of law, is a skilled stakeholder engagement specialist with a strong background in public relations and diplomacy. He is responsible for managing relationships with key stakeholders in the power sector, fostering collaboration, and addressing stakeholder concerns to promote a conducive environment for power sector development.He will be supported by other stakeholder liaison officers across the country.
The media advisory team is headed by Bolaji Tunji as Special Adviser (SA) on Strategic Communications and Media Relations to the Minister. He will provide strategic guidance and support in managing media relations, public communications and reputation management. This include media strategy, media relations, message development, media monitoring, crisis communication, media training, content creation, reputation management, media campaigns, media analysis and reporting.
Prior to this appointment, Tunji had served as Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy to late Governor Abiola Ajimobi until May 29, 2019. He retained the position after public service, working with the former governor as Special Adviser when he was nominated the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
He was Executive Director, Special Duties, and a member of the Board of The Sun Newspaper.
An astute journalist with wide network in the media industry, Tunji was the pioneer Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of New Telegraph Newspaper. He was also Editor, National Mirror Newspaper, having edited the Sunday Mirror title, from the same stable, for about three years.
A graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- Ife, Osun State, Tunji, a former classroom teacher, began his journalism career with The Guardian Newspaper in March 1993, where he spent eight years before resigning as a Correspondent to join Daily Independent as pioneer Deputy News Editor in September 2001.He will be supported by other seasoned media specialists covering the conventional print and electronic media as well as the new media.
Adelabu also announced the retention of Mr Ajiboye Akande as his Personal Assistant.
The Minister expressed confidence that the appointment of these exceptional people will significantly, “bolster the capacity to address the challenges and opportunities in the power sector.”
“By leveraging their combined expertise and collaborative approach, the teams will contribute to the sustainable development of a robust and reliable power infrastructure that meets the growing energy needs of our nation,” he added.