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NNPC Shakeup: President Buhari Appoints Mele Kyari As Baru’s Replacement

Buhari appoints new GMD

  • President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed another person to take over as Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) from outgoing boss, Maikanti Baru
  • The appointment takes effect July 8, 2019

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mele Kolo Kyari as the new NNPC GMD. Kyari is to replace Baru, whose appointment was not renewed by the presidency.

Speculations were earlier rife as to the possibility of renewing the appointment of the outgoing NNPC boss, Baru.

According to PM News, Kyari will become the 19th NNPC GMD since the corporation came into existence.

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Further details by PM News has it that a statement released today, Wednesday, June 20 in Abuja by the NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, informed that President Buhari also appointed alongside Kyari, seven new Chief Operating Officers.

Outgoing NNPC GMD, Maikanti Baru

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.

President Buhari has directed that the New GMD and the newly appointed Chief Operating Officers work with the current occupiers of the various offices till 7th July, 2019 towards a smooth transition on 8th July 2019 when their appointments would take effect to ensure a smooth transition.

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