Buhari Approves New Board of Directors for NNPC, Baru Replaces Kachikwu as GMD
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the composition of the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), as provided for under Section 1(2) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Act of 1997, as amended.
In the new board, the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, who had hitherto doubled as the Group Managing Director of the corporation became board chairman.
Kachikwu's position as the NNPC's Group Managing Director was yielded to Dr Maikanti Kacalla Baru.
Other members of the are the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Finance; Mallam Abba Kyari;
Dr Thomas M.A John; Dr Pius O. Akinyelure; Dr Tajuddeen Umar; Mallam Mohammed Lawal; and Mallam Yusuf Lawal.
Presidential Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said Buhari urged 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.
Baru, who succeeded Kachikwu as Group Managing Director (GMD) attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in Kaduna State of Nigeria; where he obtained Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) with a first class honors. He also holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering.
He was the Group General Manager -NAPIMS, after working in various capacities in both the Upstream and Downstream Sectors of NNPC. These include Group General Manager of Greenfield Refinery Projects, Managing Director of Hyson, Executive Director of Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), General Manager – Gas Division of NAPIMS, Manager – Operations, Procurement Management Services and Manager – Engineering for National Engineering and Technical Company Limited (NETCO).
During his initial stint with NAPIMS which spanned from July 1993 to July 1999, Baru executed several Gas projects which are utilizing billions of standard cubic feet of gas per day.
Several other ongoing projects were also conceptualize under his tutelage. He planned the projects that would ensure flare-out by 2008 and made huge savings while overseeing the Joint Venture Gas Projects.
He was also the NNPC’s Chief Technical Negotiator on the West African Gas Pipeline project from July 1999 to April 2004.
Baru has been the Chairman of NNPC Anti – Corruption Committee since September 2004 till date; and has relentlessly sensitized staff on obligations and laws that govern corruption and corrupt practices.
He is a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE) and a recipient of the Presidential Merit Award of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers
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