Jonathan Fires NNPC Boss, Appoints New Team



The Group Managing Director ,GMD NNPC  Mr Austen Oniwon has retired.Also retired with him  include Mr. Michael Arokodare ( Group Executive Director (Finance and Accounts), Mr. Philip Chukwu, Group Executive Director (Refineries & Petrochemicals), and Engr. Billy Agha, Group Executive Director (Engineering & Technology)

Oniwon’s ouster  is  the  highpoint of  a  shakeup the corporation announced by President Goodluck Jonathan through his spokesman Reuben Abati this evening .Engr Andrew Yakubu  a 1979 chemical engineering graduate from Ahmadu Bello University,ABU has appointed GMD of NNPC.Yakubu ,a fellow  of Nigerian Society of Engineers is from Kaduna state.

Read the presidential statement below for details of the shakeup:

PRESIDENT JONATHAN APPROVES RE-COMPOSITION OF NNPC MANAGEMENT TEAM

To further strengthen the reforms and transformation of Nigeria’s Petroleum sector, and in furtherance of efforts to achieve greater transparency  and accountability in government, President
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has approved the re-composition of the executive management team of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as follows:
1.      Engr. Andrew Yakubu –          Group Managing Director
2.      Mr. Bernard O.N. Otti            –   Group Executive Director (Finance and Accounts)
3.      Engr. Abiye Membere            –  Group Executive Director (Exploration and Production)
4.      Dr. Peter S. Nmadu    –          Group Executive Director (Corporate Services)
5.      Engr. Anthony Ogbuigwe        – Group Executive Director (Refineries & Petrochemicals)
6.      Dr. Attahir B. Yusuf    –          Group Executive Director (Commercial & Investments)
7.      Dr. David Ige              –          Group Executive Director (Gas & Power)
The incoming Group Managing Director, Engr. Andrew Yakubu graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1979 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He joined the NNPC in 1980. Positions he has held in the corporation include Managing Director of the Warri Refining and Petrochemicals Company and Group Executive Director (Exploration and Production). Engr. Yakubu is an indigene of Kaduna State and a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.

President Jonathan has also approved the appointment of Engr. Victor Briggs as the Managing Director of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).

The incumbent Group Managing Director, Engr. Austen Oniwon, and Mr. Michael Arokodare ( Group Executive Director (Finance and Accounts), Mr. Philip Chukwu, Group Executive Director
(Refineries & Petrochemicals), and Engr. Billy Agha, Group Executive Director (Engineering & Technology) to proceed on retirement.

President Jonathan the outgoing directors for their service to the nation and urges the management team to be fully committed to rapidly implementing the critical interventions to
positively transform Nigeria’s petroleum industry.
Reuben Abati
Special to the President
(Media & Publicity)
June 26, 2012

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