President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr. Mele Kolo Kyari as the new Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
In a release issued in Abuja on Thursday, Spokesman of the Corporation Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, stated that President Buhari also appointed alongside Kyari, seven new Chief Operating Officers (COO’s).
The newly appointed 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 and Engr. Yusuf Usman (North East) Chief Operating Officer, Gas and Power.
Others are 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.
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 New GMD and the newly appointed Chief Operating Officers have been directed 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.
However, the appointment of Mr. Farouk Garba Said, who is replacing a retiring Chief Operating Officer, is effective from 28th June, 2019.
Mr. Kyari is a quintessential crude oil marketer with prerequisite certification and outfield pedigree in Petroleum Economics and crude oil and gas trading. He has in the last 27 years traversed the value chain of the petroleum industry. Kyari would be the 19th Group Managing Director of the NNPC.