President Muhammadu Buhari has on Monday approved the appointment of Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru as the new Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
This is contained in a statement signed and issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
The statement said the board of the corporation, which was dissolved last year, had been reconstituted.
Baru replaces Ibe Kachikwu, who was appointed in August, and retained the position two months later when he was appointed minister of state for petroleum.
Kachikwu is now allowed to remain as minister of state for petroleum and will serve as chairman of the new NNPC board.
The new board is composed of 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; Mahmoud Isa Dutse, 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.”