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ELF Nigeria Restructures, Musa New Deputy MD

Monday, April 23, 2007


EPNL re-organises, Alek Musa Becomes Deputy MD

As part of efforts at re-positioning the company for excellent delivery of corporate goals and meeting the challenges of its expanding profile in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria, Elf Petroleum Nigeria Limited (EPNL), the upstream subsidiary in Nigeria recently carried out a major re-organisation of its management team.

With the latest development, Mr. Alek Musa has been elevated to the position of Deputy Managing Director (Corporate). Also promoted are Mr. John Addeh, who has become Executive Director, External Affairs and Mr. Charles Ngoka, Executive Director, Strategy and Business.

Mr. Olubunmi Obembe is Executive General Manager, Technical Services and Nigerian Content Development.

Mr. Pauly Enujuba is the new General Manager, Public Affairs while Messrs Suleiman Gimba and Joseph Ajilore are the General Managers in-charge of Security and General Services respectively.

Before his latest appointment, Mr. Alek Musa was Executive General Manager, Human Resources and Internal Communications. He joined the company in 1981, and has since held several managerial positions.Over the past 25 years in Total, his career has taken him through several technical and management positions in Nigeria and in France. His main interest had been in integrated reservoir management, and in particular reservoir characterization and modeling.

He was Reservoir Engineering Manager from 1995 – 2001. He served as General Manager, Geosciences and Reservoir Engineering, from 2001 – 2005.
He was chairman, Nigerian Council of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), from 2003 – 2004. He is a fellow of the Institute of Petroleum Studies, University of Port Harcourt.
Mr. Musa succeeds Mr. Emmanuel Chiejina who recently retired from the company after 26 years of meritorious service.

Mr. John Addeh, who until his recent appointment was General Manager, Public Affairs, joined the company in 1979 as a geology graduate. His career as an explorationist involved moving through the various parts of exploration (subsurface, regional geology and geophysics interpretation and synthesis, exploration information management).

His managerial career started as Geology Computer Applications Manager in Total’s  Technical & Scientific Centre in Pau, France followed by his appointment as Onshore  Interpretation & Exploration Information Systems Manager in 1997.

Over the years, Addeh has had extensive management development in Crisis Communication Management and General Management. He is an alumnus of London Business School, INSEAD in France and IMD in Switzerland.

As Executive Director, External Affairs, he will be the main driver of the creation, projection and management of the Sustainable Development philosophy, practices and projects of Total’s Upstream Companies in Nigeria in partnership with relevant stakeholders and in line with the policies, image and reputation of the Total group. Also, he will participate in the Strategic Management of Total in Nigeria, as a member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Total’s Upstream Companies in Nigeria.

A member of the Governing Council of the Institute of Petroleum Studies, University of Port Harcourt, Mr. Addeh is the Chairperson of the Public Affairs Committee of the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) of the Nigerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Formerly Executive General Manager, Joint Venture Assets (2005 – 2006), Mr. Charles Ngoka was in September 2006 assigned to Total Exploration and Production in Houston, United States. A member of the SPE and the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Mr. Ngoka joined the company in 1980.

His managerial career started as Drilling and Completion Manager in 1994 when he was in charge of Drilling and Completion Operations in the Total Upstream Group in Nigeria till 1998. Then after a further assignment in Pau, France and in Angola, he returned to head the operations team as the General Manager Operations from 2001 to 2004. On reorganisation of the Total Upstream Group he became General Manager Technical Services in 2004, then became General Manager JV Assets and later Executive General Manager Joint venture Assets from 2005 to Sept. 2006.

Charles Ngoka has had extensive Technical, Crisis and General Management training in Africa, Europe and America. He is a member of the “Ecole des cadres” class of 1999.

As Executive Director, Business and Strategy, he will also oversee the Non-operated and Gas Assets of Total’s Upstream companies in Nigeria. And in partnership with relevant stakeholders he will be directing his energies in finding and facilitating transactions that optimize Asset portfolio so that the Nigerian subsidiary will reach its goal of profitable growth in the various activities. Such activities include Acquisitions, Joint ventures, Production sharing contracts, lease operating agreements and sometimes divestitures. The growth of Gas in Nigeria is a major significant Asset for the Total Upstream companies in Nigeria. The Long term outlook is a major part of his pre-occupation.
He is a member of the Executive Management of Total in Nigeria, a member of the Executive Committee and is in the Board of Total’s Upstream Companies in Nigeria.

Mr. Ngoka is a member of various professional bodies, including  the SPE, and a Nigerian Society of Engineers.

Mr. Olubunmi Obembe joined the company 27 years ago and has worked in areas spanning Maintenance, Production Operations, and the Supply Chain. He was General Manager, Procurement & Contracts (2002-2006); General Manager Nigerian Content 2006 till his present elevation to the Executive Committee of the Company as Executive General Manager, Technical Services & Nigerian Content Development. As the major driver of the Nigerian Content Policy in the company, he has placed the implementation of the policy on the front burner in all projects the company has been undertaking in the past few years.

Mr. Obembe has been an Executive Director of Total (E&P) Trustees since 2001. He represents the company on the NLNG Board Sub-Committee on Nigerian Content, the OPTS Sub-Committee on Nigerian Content; and the Inter-Ministerial Committee on local Piping manufacturing. He is a member of SPE, Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, and Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Purchasing & Supply Management.

Before his re-deployment as General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Pauly Enujuba held a similar position in the Services Division. He was in-charge of the provision and maintenance of all company offices, estates and rented accommodation and protocol and travel matters.

He is succeeded by Mr. Joseph Ajilore who until his appointment was Telecoms Manager. He was made head of Telecoms in 1998 and became Telecoms Manager two years later. In 2001, he became manager of the User Support Department until he was re-deployed back to Telecoms last year.

Mr. Suleiman Gimba who is the new General Manager, Security, was until lately the Deputy General Manager, Abuja Administration. A chemical engineer, he has worked in various units of the organization, including Drilling, Materials and Procurement since he joined the company 26 years ago. In 2000, he set up the Abuja office of the company and was the pioneer manager of Abuja administration. .

For further information, contact:

Fred Ohwahwa, Manager – Media & Corporate Affairs  
Tel: + 234 –09- 5233300   
Mobile: 0803 304 2313     
Note to Editors:
 Elf Petroleum Nigeria Limited (EPNL) is a subsidiary of the Total Group of companies. Total is the fourth largest Oil and Gas Company in the world with operations in more than 100 countries. The group’s activities span all aspects of the energy industry, from oil and gas exploration and production to downstream refining and marketing of oil and gas products.  More information about the Total Group can be found on the website:

Incorporated in Nigeria in May 1962, EPNL is one of the major players in the exploration, development and production of Nigeria’s abundant hydrocarbon resources. With offices in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, the company has made significant contributions to the socio-economic development of the country and to improving the standard of living in the communities where it operates.