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Buhari Reshuffles NNPC Leadership, Appoints Kyari as New GMD

President Muhammadu Buhari has on Thursday reshuffled the leadership of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), appointing Mr. Mele Kyari as the new Group Managing Director of the corporation with effect from July 8, 2019.

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu in a statement in Abuja, noted that seven new Chief Operating Officers were also appointed by President Buhari to replace existing ones.

Ughamadu noted that until his new appointment, Kyari, a geologist, was Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division of NNPC and Nigeria’s National Representative to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC replaces Maikanti Baru who has held the position since July, 2016.

Similarly, He revealed that, the seven new chief operating officers are Mr. Roland Onoriode Ewubare (South-South) – Chief Operating Officer, Upstream; Engr. Mustapha Yinusa Yakubu (North Central) – Chief Operating Officer Refining and Petrochemicals; Engr. 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; Engr. Adeyemi Adetunji (South West) – Chief Operating Officer, Downstream and Mr. Farouk Garba Said (North West) – Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Services.

He, however, said the appointment of Mr. Farouk Garba Said (North West), who is replacing a retiring Chief Operating Officer, is effective from 28th June, 2019.

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

“Kyari would be the 19th Group Managing Director of the National Oil Company.” He added.

Furthermore, Mr. Ughamadu disclosed that President Buhari has directed the New NNPC boss and the newly appointed Chief Operating Officers to 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.

“The outgoing Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, had congratulated the new appointees” He said.

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