Nigeria’s National Oil Firm NNPC Gets New Leadership

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday appointed Mele Kyari as the new group managing director of the country’s oil firm, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

In a press statement released by NNPC spokesperson, Ndu Ughamadu, said President Buhari also appointed seven new Chief Operating Officers for the corporation.

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

Kyari from Borno State, succeeds the incumbent GMD, Maikanti Baru, who is due for retirement from the NNPC in July.

Kyari comes to the job as the 19th GMD of the NNPC with a rich profile of professional and service credentials.

Mr. Roland Onoriode Ewubare (south-south) as the chief operating officer, upstream, Engr. Mustapha Yinusa Yakubu (north-central) as chief operating officer refining and petrochemicals and Engr. Yusuf Usman (north -east) as chief operating officer, gas and power.

Others appointed are Ms. Lawrencia Nwadiabuwa Ndupu (south-east) as chief operating officer Ventures, Mr. Umar Isa Ajiya (north-west) as chief financial officer, Engr. Adeyemi Adetunji (south-west) as chief operating officer, downstream and Mr. Farouk Garba Said (north-west) – chief operating officer, corporate services.

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