Buhari makes first appointment, sacks Baru picks Kyari for NNPC job


President Muhammadu Buhari has removed Maikanti Baru as the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and has approved the appointment of Mr. Mele Kolo Kyari as the new GMD of the oil corporation. In a statement released by NNPC’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, this morning Kyari is to resume office until he will be substantially appointed on July 08, 2019.
President Buhari has also appointed alongside Kyari, seven new Chief Operating Officers.
The newly appointed COOs are: 1. Mr. Roland Onoriode Ewubare (S/South) – COO Upstream 2. Engr. Mustapha Yinusa Yakubu (N/ Central) – COO Refining & Petrochemicals 3. Engr. Yusuf Usman (N/East) – COO, Gas & Power 4. Ms. Lawrencia Nwadiabuwa Ndupu (S/East), COO Ventures, 6b. 5. Mr. Umar Isa Ajiya (N/West) – Chief Financial Officer 6. Engr. Adeyemi Adetunji (S/West) – COO, Downstream and 7. Mr. Farouk Garba Said (N/West) – COO, 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.
President Buhari 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


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