President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mele Kolo Kyari as the new Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), replacing Dr. Maikanti Baru who was appointed in July 2016.
Kyari, a geologist, who would be coming into office as the 19th Group Managing Director of the National Oil Company was until his new appointment, Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division of the group and also doubled, since 13th May, 2018, as Nigeria’s National Representative to the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
The new GMD is described as a quintessential crude oil marketer with prerequisite certification and outfield pedigree in Petroleum Economics and crude oil and gas trading, who was in the last 27 years traversed the entire value chain of the Petroleum Industry, with exceptional records of performance.
According to a release on Thursday in Abuja by Ndu Ughamadu, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs of the Corporation; 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 statement by the corporation’s spokesperson added that the President also appointed seven new Chief Operating Officers alongside Kyari, directing them to work with current office holders to ensure a smooth transition by 8th July 2019 when their appointments would take effect .
The statement listed the newly appointed Chief Operating Officers as Mr. Roland Onoriode Ewubare (South South) – COO Upstream, Engr. Mustapha Yinusa Yakubu (North Central) – COO Refining & Petrochemicals, Engr. Yusuf Usman (North East) – COO, Gas & Power, Ms. Lawrencia Nwadiabuwa Ndupu (South East), COO Ventures, Mr. Umar Isa Ajiya (North West) – Chief Financial Officer, Engr. Adeyemi Adetunji (South West) – COO, Downstream, Mr. Farouk Garba Said (North West) – COO, Corporate Services.