The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has conferred on the former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), James Olotu an honorary fellowship award.
Under Olotu’s management from October 2006 to June 2016, the public firm through the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP) built 10 gas-fired power plants, several transmission, distribution and gas supply infrastructures.
President of the Society, Engr. Otis Anyaeji while conferring the award at its ongoing Annual General Meeting in Abuja said, “This honour is in recognition of the significant contributions to the promotion of the engineering profession and to the NSE” for using them to build about 4,774 Megawatts (MW) capacity power stations.
He said Olotu was found worthy of this prestigious award in recognition of his positive influence in the promotion of engineering profession while he was the Managing Director of the NDPHC where Nigerians Engineers were given opportunity to actively participate in the development of the NIPPs.
Olotu is an accountant and Project Management specialist. As the pioneering head of NDPHC, he delivered eight of the 10 power stations with total capacity of 4,774MW when he left office last year.
Also, fully completed were the gas infrastructures relative to the above power stations. Under his watch, over 15,000Km of transmission and distribution lines with support injection substations and transformation capacity of over 700MVA were at over 85 per cent completion when he left.
NDPHC funded by the three tiers of government has $11.5bn in generation assets which were independently bid for during the on-going privatization initiative. At inception, it was funded with $8.5bn from the excess crude oil account.
By June 2016 the company was rated as second only to ESKOM of South Africa and second largest and best run power company in Africa.