President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr. Mele Kolo Kyari as the new Group Managing Director for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)
Mr. Mele Kolo Kyari will take over from Dr. Maikanti Baru.
His appointment takes effect from July 7, 2019.
The President has also appointed seven new Chief Operating Officers for the state –owned oil company. The new officers are:
Mr. Roland Onoriode Ewubare (South-South), Chief Operating Officer, Upstream;
Engineer Mustapha Yinusa Yakubu (North-Central),Chief Operating Officer, Refining and Petrochemicals
Engineer 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;
Engineer Adeyemi Adetunji (South-West),Chief Operating Officer, Downstream;
and Mr. Farouk Garba Said (North-West), Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Services, whose appointment takes effect from 28th June, 2019.
President also directed that the new appointees work with the current occupants of the various positions between now and 7th July, 2019 towards a smooth transition on 8 July, 2019.
Mr Kyari succeeds the incumbent GMD, Maikanti Baru, who is due for retirement from the NNPC next month.
Mele Kolo Kyari is from Borno State and was born in January 1965.
He comes to the job as the 19th GMD of the NNPC with a rich profile of professional and service credentials.
Until his new appointment, Mr Kyari, who is a geologist, was Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division of the NNPC.
Since May 13th 2018, He also doubled as Nigeria’s National Representative to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC.
He holds a B.Sc degree in Geology and Earth Science from the University of Maiduguri.
He worked with the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency between 1988 and 1991, before joining the NNPC and has gathered over 32 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.
His tour of duty traverses the entire value chain of the petroleum industry.