President Buhari Appoints New GMD For NNPC & Other Key Operating Officers

Uploaded by on June 20, 2019

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

The President also appointed seven Chief Operating Officers alongside Kyari.

The newly appointee are to work with current office holders till July 7, 2019, for a smooth and effective transition.

This is contained in a statement by the NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu.

According to the statement the appointment of Mr. Farouk Garba who is replacing a retiring Chief Operating Officer, is effective from 28th June 2019.

The newly appointed Chief Operating Officers are:
Roland Onoriode Ewubare (S/South) – COO Upstream

Mustapha Yinusa Yakubu (N/ Central) – Chief Operating Officer, Refining & Petrochemicals

Yusuf Usman (N/East), Chief Operating Officer, Gas & Power

Lawrencia Nwadiabuwa Ndupu (S/East), Chief Operating Officer, Ventures

Umar Isa Ajiya (N/West) – Chief Financial Officer

Adeyemi Adetunji (S/West) – Chief Operating Officer, Downstream and

Farouk Garba Said (N/West) – Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Services.

Meanwhile, the immediate ex-NNPC GMD, Maikanti Baru has however congratulated the newly appointed officers.

Until his new appointment, Kyari, a geologist, was Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division of NNPC and also doubled, since May 13, 2018, as Nigeria’s National Representative to the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

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

“In the last 27 years, he had traversed the entire value chain of the Petroleum Industry, with exceptional records of performance.”

According to the NNPC Spokesman, under his watch, the Crude Oil Marketing Division has recorded noticeable transformation in the management and sales of various Nigeria’s crude oil grades via an infusion of transparency and automation of the processes.

Kyari would be the 19th GMD of the NNPC.

Chinyere Ogbonna


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