President Muhammadu Buhari today Monday approved the appointment of Dr Maikanti Kacalla Baru as the new Group Managing Director (GMD) for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Bari takes over from Dr. Ibe Kachikwu who has since doubled as Minister of State for Petroleum Resources.
A statement by the Special Adviser on Media, Femi Adesina, also said that the president approved the appointment of members of the Board of the corporation in line with Section 1(2) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Act of 1997, as amended,
According to the statement, “the new Board comprises the following:
A. Chairman-Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum;
B. Group Managing Director – Dr Maikanti Kacalla Baru;
C. The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Finance; and
D. The following six persons:
1. Mallam Abba Kyari
2. Dr Thomas M.A John
3. Dr Pius O. Akinyelure
4. Dr Tajuddeen Umar
5. Mallam Mohammed Lawal, and
6. Mallam Yusuf Lawal.
“President Buhari urges the new board to ensure the successful delivery of the mandate of the NNPC and serve the nation by upholding the public trust placed on them in managing this critical national asset.”