By Sunday Ochai
Mr. Mele Kolo Kyari, New GMD of NNPC
Presidenuhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr. Mele Kolo Kyari as the new Group Managing Director GMD of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. He replaces Dr Maikanti Baru who is due for retirement.
The President also appointed alongside Kyari, seven new Chief Operating Officers to the corporation, according to a press release by the NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu today.
The newly appointed COOs are Mr. Roland Onoriode Ewubare (South-south), COO Upstream; Engr. Mustapha Yinusa Yakubu (North-central), COO Refining & Petrochemicals; Engr. Yusuf Usman (North-east), COO, Gas & Power; Ms. Lawrencia Nwadiabuwa Ndupu (South-east), COO Ventures; Mr. Umar Isa Ajiya (North-west), Chief Financial Officer; Engr. Adeyemi Adetunji (South-west), COO, Downstream; and Mr. Farouk Garba Said (North-west), COO, Corporate Services.
Ughamadu noted that the new GMD and the others appointed would work alongside the existing officers in the same position until 7th of July 2019.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the New GMD and the newly appointed COOs 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,” Ughamadu said.
Until his new appointment, Kyari, a geologist, was Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division of NNPC and also doubled, since 13 May 2018, as Nigeria’s representative to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC.