By Godson Ikiebey-

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

This is stated in a release on Thursday, June 20, 2019 in Abuja by the NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, Ndu Ughamadu.

The statement also stated that the president appointed alongside Kyari, seven new Chief Operating Officers.

The statement read:

“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”.

The statement noted that President Buhari 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 to ensure a smooth transition.

The statement further said that the appointment of Farouk Garba Said (North West), who is replacing a retiring Chief Operating Officer, would be effective from June 28, 2019.

The newly appointed Chief Operating Officers are:

“1. Mr. Roland Onoriode Ewubare (South-South) – Chief Operating Officer, Upstream
2. Engr. Mustapha Yinusa Yakubu (North Central) – Chief Operating Officer Refining and Petrochemicals
3. Engr. Yusuf Usman (North East) – Chief Operating Officer, Gas and Power
4. Ms. Lawrencia Nwadiabuwa Ndupu (South East), Chief Operating Officer Ventures
5. Mr. Umar Isa Ajiya (North West) – Chief Financial Officer
6. Engr. Adeyemi Adetunji (South West) – Chief Operating Officer, Downstream and
7. Mr. Farouk Garba Said (North West) – Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Services”.
Ughamadu stated in the release that NNPC

Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, had congratulated the new appointees.
Mallam Kyari 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.
Under his watch, the Crude Oil Marketing Division has recorded noticeable transformation in the management and sales of the various Nigeria’s crude oil grades via an infusion of transparency and automation of the processes.

Kyari would be the 19th Group Managing Director of the National Oil Company.

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