Joseph Bakare/Hyacinth Chinweuba
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the replacement for 15 Group General Manager (GGMs) for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
These appointments of the new managers including Mele Kyari as the new head of crude oil marketing were done, according to the NNPC, “with the approval President Muhammadu Buhari.”
The previous manager of the division, Gbenga Olu Komolafe, was reassigned to cover special duties within the company last week.
The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, has, with the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari, appointed new Group General Managers (GGMs) to take charge of some of its Divisions, the corporation said.
Some of the new GGMs include Mr. Mele Kyari, Crude Oil Marketing Division (COMD); Mr. Ahmadu Sambo, NNPC Oilfield Services; Dr. Surajdeen Bola Afolabi, ITD/SAP; Mr. Zubair Aliyu, NNPC Capital; Mr. Dafe Sejebor, Nigerian Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS); Mrs. Kemi Akitoye, Human Resources Division; Mr. Godwin C. Okonkwo, Finance; Mr. Bello Rabiu, Corporate Planning Division; Mr. Anibo Kragha, Treasury; and Mr. Dalhatu Makama, Shipping (Nidas & Nikorma).
Others appointed are Mr. Samuel Ndukwe, GGM, Power; Mr. Mike Balami, GGM, Accounts; Mr. Yusuf Matashi, GGM, LNG; Mr. Rabiu Suleiman, GGM, Engineering & Technology; and Dr. Olubunmi Oyetunde; GGM, Medical.
The Corporation explained that the downsizing which saw the exit of all senior managers who were billed to retire between now and December 2016 is also a cost-saving measure.
The NNPC receives about half, or 1 million barrels per day, of the country’s total production out of which 445,000 bpd is allocated to Nigeria’s refineries.
“The task of restructuring the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) into a lean, efficient, and business-focused organization has commenced with Management’s approval of the retirement of thirty-eight senior managers,” the statment signed by Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs division, Ohi Alegbe read.
“The exercise, apart from gearing the Corporation in the direction of a leaner and more efficient organization, has enormous cost-saving benefits.”