Engr. Owolabi Sunday Adio

Director Renewables & Rural Development, Ministry of Power (representative of Minister of Power)

Engr. Owolabi Sunday Adio, a highly accomplished and dedicated electrical engineer with extensive expertise in power systems and renewable energy. Engr. Owolabi holds a PhD in Power System Automation from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Chongqing University, China, and a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria and Scrum Master Professional Certification.
Engr. Owolabi’s illustrious career spans over two decades, during which he has made significant strides in the field of energy resources and energy efficiency. Currently, he serves as the Acting Director and Head of Department for Renewable and Rural Power Access at the Federal Ministry of Power. In his previous role, he was in charge of gas to power division of the Ministry and in this role, he has been instrumental in the planning, design, and implementation of critical engineering projects, including the 240MW Afam-III Gas Thermal Power Plant in Rivers State, 700MW Zungeru Hydro -Electric Plant in Niger State and plays a significant role in the review of the new Electricity Act, 2023 as well review of Export and Import Electricity Trading Protocol of West Africa Power Pool.
His expertise encompasses renewable energy technology applications, public-private finance in the energy sector, power system planning, load forecast modeling, and electricity market operations. Engr. Owolabi is also proficient in using advanced engineering software tools such as Digsilent, SAP, MATLAB, and ETAP for power system analysis.
Throughout his career, Engr. Owolabi has received numerous accolades, including the Myron Zucker Electrical Safety Prevention through Design Student Engineering Education Initiative Award from United State of America, he also a recipient of Federal Government of Nigeria Scholarship, Chinese Government Scholarships for both his Master’s and Doctoral studies being recognition the as the overall best Master’s degree student in Electrical Engineering.
Engr. Owolabi’s commitment to advancing engineering education and practice is further evidenced by his active participation in international development projects, training programs, and numerous publications in renowned engineering journals.