The Federal Government of Nigeria embarked on the robust reform of the electricity power industry as a key strategic driver towards achieving the goal of becoming one of the top twenty economies in the world by the year 2020 (Vision 20:2020).
The Reform, driven by the Electric Power Sector Reform (EPSR) Act of 2005, provided the platform for deregulating the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry from the control, ownership and regulation of the sector by the Federal government to a private sector-driven industry. The reform basically focused on accomplishing Power stability, reliability & sustainability and human capacity development, amongst others.
Pioneer Director General - NAPTIN
Born on the 4th August, 1953 in Ogidi, Anambra State, Engr. Reuben O. Okeke was educated at the prestigious University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, Nigeria where he bagged the Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1977.
Rising from a pupil engineer at the beginning of his career with the Nation’s foremost electricity company, Power Holding Company of Nigeria (formerly National Electric Power Authority), he has served in various capacities, rising to the peak position of Chief Executive Officer.
Engr Okeke has served variously in the following capacities:
District Manager, Jos Electricity Distribution Business Unit(1992)
District Manager, Ijora Electrcity Distribution Business Unit (1993-1996)
District Manager, Ikeja Electrcity Distribution Business Unit (1996-1998)
Asst. Gen. Manager (Distribution) Lagos Zone (1998-2002)
General Manager (Distribution) 2002-2004
Chief Executive Officer, Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (2004-2007)
Chief Executive Officer, Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (2007-2009)
Director-General, National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) -2009-March 2017.
Engr. Okeke won the Annual Best District Manager Award three consecutive times within the old Lagos Distribution Zone of the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA). As Chief Executive Officer at Ikeja, Engr. Okeke was managing an asset base of over N30Billion, peak load demand of about 840MW and a monthly billing of N2Billion per month.
Engr. Okeke was assigned the task of establishing the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) and appointed its pioneering Director-General. Within two years of establishment of NAPTIN under the management of Engr. Okeke, NAPTIN has trained more than four thousand personnel in the Power Sector. There is a gradual march towards institutionalizing training in the sector and this is being pursued through the establishment of a world class training institute under Engr. Okeke’s watch.
He is a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, and member, Council for the Regulation of Engineers and the Nigerian Institute of Management.
He is married with children.