JUST IN: Buhari Appoints NEW GMD For NNPC

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

A statement released on Thursday in Abuja by the NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, said that President Buhari also appointed alongside 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.

The statement said 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 statement noted that: “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.

The statement said that NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, had congratulated the new appointees.

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

It said 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.