The new executive vice chairman/chief executive officer of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) Dr. Bashir Gwandu has officially resumed office at its headquarters in Abuja. He resumed on Monday 22nd May, 2023.
This was disclosed in a statement yesterday by director of information and protocol at NASENI, Mr. Olusegun Ayeoyenikan. Gwandu took over from the officer overseeing activities of the agency, Mrs. Nonyem Onyechi, following the appointment of Dr. Gwandu as the new helmsman of the agency by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Gwandu was appointed into office followed expiration of 10-year tenure of five years each by the former CEO of the agency Engr. Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna in April, 2023. The new NASENI boss on arrival at the agency on Monday and he took a tour round the agency’s facilities. He was conducted round the facilities by Mrs. Nonyem Onyechi in company of other management staff.
Gwandu holds a Bachelor of Science degree and s number of masters degrees, as well as a PhD in Electrical Engineering from prestigious Universities around the world. He has designed many devices that are used in the telecoms, oil/gas, power, defense, and aviation industries, some of which have been patented in Europe and the United States.
He is a chartered electrical engineer and one of the fellows of the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET) UK since 2010 (being one of the few Engineers of African origin that attained IET Fellowship ranking). Whilst in academia, he published over 40 Electronic and Electrical Engineering Research papers in world class Electrical Engineering journals and conference proceedings. His technical publications are very highly cited internationally, which is an attestation of their high standard of quality.
Gwandu who served as acting CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in 2010, was the executive commissioner for engineering and technical standards at the NCC. He was the executive commissioner in charge of licensing and consumer affairs of the NCC until June 2007. He was involved in NCC-based training of personnel from other partner regulatory bodies of Africa in different aspects of telecom regulation.
Gwandu was part of a number of Nigerian presidential/ministerial think-tank committees including; vision-20-2020, Nigerian ICT roadMap, the first panel of experts that vets and approves University Research funding applications under TETFund, the launch committee of the Nigerian Communications Satellite (NigComsat-1) and the National Broadband Plan 2020-2025 etc.