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UPDATE: Buhari Sacks Baru As NNPC GMD, Appoints Kyari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the former Group Managing Director [GMD] of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru and appointed Mr. Mele Kolo Kyari in his stead.

Kyari, who is from the North East, will take over from Maikati Baru effective July 7, 2019, according to an official communication.

This was announced by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Abuja, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu today, June 20, 2019.

According to Mr. Ughamadu, President Buhari also appointed seven new Chief Operating Officers.

They are:

Mr. Roland Onoriode Ewubare (South-South) – Chief Operating Officer, Upstream; Engineer Mustapha Yinusa Yakubu (North-Central) – Chief Operating Officer, Refining and Petrochemicals; Engineer Yusuf Usman (North-East) – Chief Operating Officer, Gas and Power; Ms. Lawrencia Nwadiabuwa Ndupu (South-East) – Chief Operating Officer, Ventures; Mr. Umar Isa Ajiya (North-West) – Chief Financial Officer; Engineer Adeyemi Adetunji (South-West) – Chief Operating Officer, Downstream; and Mr. Farouk Garba Said (North-West) – Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Services (with effect from 28th June, 2019);

According to the document, Buhari directed that the new appointees work with the current occupants of the various positions between now and 7th July, 2019 towards a smooth transition on 8th July, 2019.

The new appointees will work with current office holders till 7th July 2019.

See the official press release below:

NNPC Gets New GMD, Seven Chief Operating Officers

New Appointees to Work with Current Office Holders till 7th July 2019

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr. Mele Kolo Kyari as the new Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

A release today in Abuja by the NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, stated that President Buhari also appointed alongside Kyari, seven new Chief Operating Officers.

Until his new appointment, Kyari, a geologist, was Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division of NNPC and also doubled, since 13th May, 2018, as Nigeria’s National Representative to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC.

President Buhari has directed that the New GMD and the newly appointed Chief Operating Officers work with the current occupiers of the various offices till 7th July, 2019 towards a smooth transition on 8th July 2019 when their appointments would take effect to ensure a smooth transition. However, the appointment of Mr. Farouk Garba Said (North West), who is replacing a retiring Chief Operating Officer, is effective from 28th June, 2019.

The newly appointed Chief Operating Officers are:

  1. Mr. Roland Onoriode Ewubare (South-South) – Chief Operating Officer, Upstream
  2. Engr. Mustapha Yinusa Yakubu (North Central) – Chief Operating Officer Refining and Petrochemicals
  3. Engr. Yusuf Usman (North East) – Chief Operating Officer, Gas and Power
  4. Ms. Lawrencia Nwadiabuwa Ndupu (South East), Chief Operating Officer Ventures
  5. Mr. Umar Isa Ajiya (North West) – Chief Financial Officer
  6. Engr. Adeyemi Adetunji (South West) – Chief Operating Officer, Downstream and
  7. Mr. Farouk Garba Said (North West) – Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Services.

Ughamadu stated in the release that NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, had congratulated the new appointees.

Mallam Kyari is a quintessential crude oil marketer with prerequisite certification and outfield pedigree in Petroleum Economics and crude oil and gas trading.

In the last 27 years he had traversed the entire value chain of the Petroleum Industry, with exceptional records of performance.

Under his watch, the Crude Oil Marketing Division has recorded noticeable transformation in the management and sales of the various Nigeria’s crude oil grades via an infusion of transparency and automation of the processes, the release by the NNPC spokesperson, stated.

Kyari would be the 19th Group Managing Director of the National Oil Company.

NDU UGHAMADU

Group General Manager

Group Public Affairs Division

NNPC, Abuja.

20th June, 2019

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