BREAKING: Buhari removes Baru, appoints Kyari as NNPC GMD

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr . Mele Kolo Kyari as the new Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, bringing to an end the tenure of Maikanti Baru , as the oil firm ’ s boss .

NNPC ’ s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division , Ndu Ughamadu , who disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday morning , stated that the President also appointed alongside Kyari , seven new Chief Operating 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 .

Buhari also directed that the new GMD and the newly appointed Chief Operating Officers work with the current occupiers of the various offices till July 7 , 2019 towards a smooth transition on July 8 , 2019 , when their appointments would take effect .
The corporation , however , stated that the appointment of Mr . Farouk Garba Said ( North West ) , who is replacing a retiring Chief Operating Officer, is effective from June 28 , 2019 .

It outlined the newly appointed Chief Operating Officers to include Mr . Roland Onoriode Ewubare ( South – South ) – Chief Operating Officer, Upstream ; Mustapha Yinusa Yakubu ( North Central ) – Chief Operating Officer Refining and Petrochemicals ; Yusuf Usman ( North East ) – Chief Operating Officer, Gas and Power ; and Lawrencia Nwadiabuwa Ndupu ( South East ) , Chief Operating Officer Ventures .
Others include Umar Isa Ajiya ( North West ) – Chief Financial Officer; Adeyemi Adetunji ( South West ) – Chief Operating Officer, Downstream ; and Farouk Garba Said ( North West ) – Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Services .

Ughamadu stated that Baru had congratulated the new appointees .
According to the corporation , Kyari is a quintessential crude oil marketer with prerequisite certification and outfield pedigree in petroleum economics and crude oil and gas trading .

It said that in the last 27 years , the new NNPC boss had traversed the entire value chain of the petroleum industry, with exceptional records of performance .
NNPC said under Kyari ’ s watch , the Crude Oil Marketing Division had 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 19 th Group Managing Director of the national oil company .

NNPC recently witnessed the removal and replacements of some senior officers from its workforce , as The PUNCH exclusively reported then that the government would further remove more senior personnel from the corporation .

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