Mr. Samuel Chukwunenye Nwaire the Chief Operating Officer of Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc. (EKEDP) has spent his work life in the Electricity Industry with over twenty-five (25) years of service in the Distribution and Marketing sector of the industry chain. He started his career as a pupilage trainee in the National Electric Power Authority of Nigeria and rose to the position of a District Manager in 2004 making him the first Marketer to be appointed a District Manager in the Nigerian Electricity Industry and successfully managed three different Business Units between 2005 and 2010.
In 2010, he was appointed Assistant General Manager Market Operations (Transmission Company of Nigeria) and responsible for market development of the industry. This assignment exposed him to many external consultants on the rue crafting of the emerging private market of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI). The excellent delivery on this task earned him the appointment as General Manager Market Operations (Market Settlement and Development) a position he occupied up till 2014.
Following the privatization of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry which came with talents hunting, Mr. Nwaire joined Eko Electricity Distribution Company as Vice President (Operations) in 2014 and later became the Chief Operating Officer where he is presently providing managerial direction and coordinates activities that ensure that EKEDP remained on top of the Distribution companies value chain of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry.
His excellent Managerial and leadership skill has earned him many awards, local and international assignments including three times award as best and most valuable Senior Manager Marketing, six times award as the most outstanding Business Manager, five times commendation as best District Manager in Cash Collection, Member of committee on the review of Nigerian Electricity Market Rule, Team member on the restructuring of Market Operations by (NAIF) World Bank Consultants, Most resourceful Executive of TCN 2013 Award etc.
Mr. Sam Nwaire has B.Sc. (Hons.) in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration (Marketing) at the University of Lagos. He has other certifications including City & Guides London (Electrical), Certificate in Electrical Engineering etc. He has attended numerous local and international courses/programs such as Improving Leadership and Operations Efficiency (USA), Key Indicator Appreciation in Power Administration (London), Electricity Regulation and Management (USA), Management of Distribution Company metering, Billing and Customers Service (Abuja), Public Power Regulation (global Perception) IP3 (USA), Systems Operation and Data Basis Management (Lagos), etc.
He is a Fellow of National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria and Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management. He was born 17th December, 1960 and married with four children.