Chiedu Ugbo is the MD/CEO of Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited. Prior to his appointment, he was the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Power Privatisation in the Office of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was also the Acting Head of the Advisory Power Team in the Office of the Vice President.
Chiedu is an electric energy law specialist. He qualified as a lawyer over 28 years ago, and possesses extensive experience in electricity industry reform, power project documentation and privatisation. He served as an embedded legal consultant to the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) where he assisted actively in electric power reforms and in negotiating and concluding several successful privatisation transactions. He also acted as a counsel in the transaction advisory team to BPE where he actively participated in and indeed coordinated the legal work stream for the privatisation of 20 successor electricity companies created out of the erstwhile utility in Nigeria – Power Holding Company of Nigeria Limited. He also acted in the corporate restructuring of Niger Delta Power Holding Company Ltd and the privatisation of the electric power plants and assets held by the company.
Prior to joining the Presidency, he was engaged under the USAID Power Africa Transaction and Reform Program as an embedded adviser to Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) providing legal support on electric power contracts including power purchase agreements for different fuel sources and the related credit support documentation.
Chiedu holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree and a Master of Laws degree both from University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos. He also holds a Diploma in International Legal Practice from The College of Law of England and Wales; a Certificate in Electricity Industry Restructuring from Canadian Energy Research Institute, Calgary, Canada and a professional certification as Certified Regulation Specialist, from Institute for Public-Private Partnerships, Washington D.C., USA in conjunction with WEDC, Loughborough University UK.