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NNPC Shake-Up: New Senior Management Appointed

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

With Nigeria’s state-run firm, NNPC, getting a new group managing director and a team of seven chief operating officers (COOs), additional senior appointments have been made. In essence, the state-run firm will have a complete changing of the guard that started on June 20 with the naming of Mallam Mele Kolo Kyari as Maikanti Baru’s replacement.

Sources, in a THISDAY report, said the newly-promoted personnel would fill the vacancies that arose from the appointment of Kyari and his COOs some 17 days ago by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Apart from the promotions, NNPC also terminated the services of some personnel it deemed unneeded. The decision, it was gathered, was in line with Kyari’s thoughts on how to run an efficient corporation.

Among those promoted were Musa Lawal Group General Manager (GGM) of National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS); and Mansur Sambo, as Managing Director of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).

On the list also were Adokiye Tombomieye, who would oversee the Crude Oil Marketing Division (COMD) of NNPC as its GGM; and Bala Wunti, who takes over as the Managing Director of the Pipeline and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) of NNPC.

There was also Meyiwa Eyesan, who was promoted as the new GGM, Corporate Planning and Strategy (CP&S) of NNPC, while Kate Iheme took over as the new Managing Director of the National Engineering and Technical Company Limited (NETCO).

Others on the promotion list were Salihu Jamari, who now heads the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) as its Managing Director; Abdullahi Isiyaku, appointed the new General Manager, Finance and Accounts of NNPC Pension; and Yinka Adeyemo, who became General Manager, Planning and Commercial of the NPDC. Bassey Essiet, General Manager, Planning and Business Development of NNPC’s Downstream Directorate; Chris Ugwu, General Manager, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) of the NPDC; as well as Billy Okoye, who will now run NNPC Retail, as its Managing Director.