Buhari sacks heads of NNPC, NCC; appoints replacements

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Emmanuel Kachikwu as the new Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Mr. Kachikwu, who was the Executive Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Exxon-Mobil (Africa), is to take over from Joseph Dawha, who was appointed by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

A first class graduate of law from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and the Nigerian Law School, Mr. Kachikwu hails from Onicha-Ugbo in Delta State.

The new NNPC Chief Executive also holds Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Law from the Harvard Law School.

He began his working career with the Nigerian/American Merchant Bank before moving on to Texaco Nigeria Limited from where he joined Exxon-Mobil.

A statement by Presidential Spokesman, Femi Adesina, said the president has also approved the appointment of Umaru Danbatta as the new Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC.

His appointment as Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC is for five years in the first instance.

Mr. Danbatta, who holds a Doctorate Degree in Electronic Engineering, takes over from Eugene Juwah whose tenure expired on July 29, 2015.

Mr. Juwah had been granted a controversial appointment by the outgone administration for a second tenure before the expiration of his first tenure.

The new NCC Chief Executive’s other academic qualifications include a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications as well as a Masters Degree in the same field.

He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and has had a meritorious career in which he rose to become Professor of Electrical Engineering and Electronics at Bayero University, Kano, specializing
in Telecommunications Engineering and Information and Communications Technology.

Before his new appointment, Danbatta held top management and leadership positions at different times including Head of Department, Dean Of Faculty, Director, Centre for Information Technology, Chairman of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (Kano Branch), Deputy Vice Chancellor and Acting Vice Chancellor.

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  • Omotolaaraujo

    Bravo! Bravo!

  • DanielOsazuwa

    Tribal warlords will probably give us a break for once. Thanks Mr. President for not behaving like the Otuoke clown. A round peg in a round hole.

    • sam

      Exactly tribal warlords always complain

      • Tunsj

        What about TRIBAL WARLORDS/TROLLS?

    • Tunsj

      Well said. Just wait and you will see that the tribal warlords will turn this around and tell us that Ibe Kachikwu is hausa and he is a cousin of President Buhari.

      • David Adeniran

        Those guys are mentally ill no doubt.

    • Rommel

      Is Delta state now part of south east?

      • Ekene

        nooo….. Ibeh Kachikwu is from Ife. In fact the name is soo Yoruba; it doesn’t have a trace of Igbo chaa chaa!!

      • godswill Ibe

        Shut up you stinking mouth. Who are you to decide for Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachukwu his root? He is Ibo from Onicha Ugbo in Delta State. What is your problem with that?

    • burning spear

      For their work ————————————–it would have been another——– Mohamed Mohmadum Issah Sokwato of Katsina state

      • poppins

        Lol! You guys wouldnt kill me.

      • Buhari4Ever

        Deri Orbuka, can you see a visionary leader without a Ph.d at work?

  • Chris1408

    Proud of Buhari appointments thus far, professionals are taking over. I see hope and prosperity

    • Rommel

      Were professionals not appointed in the Jonathan administration? Okonjo Iweala came from world bank to head finance ministry while Diezeani Madueke came from shell to head petroleum

      • Buhari4Ever

        Those two evil women killed Nigeria and brought GEJ’s presidency down

    • Tunsj

      Well put. But do not be surprise that some trolls will turn this around and tell us that Ibe Kachikwu is hausa and a cousin of President Buhari.

      • Chris1408

        LOL

    • NinjaK

      You’re funny.
      So, the ones before Kachukwu have not been thorughbred professionals?
      The disease is Nigerian, not anything to do with professionalism.
      I have operated in the oil industry & i can tell verily that all the so-called professionals in there, collecting huge salaries by nigerian standards, are all looking to make money through bribes!
      Abeg just forget it!

  • Holy truth

    I’m waiting to hear 4rm mehtubuh.

  • All Trust

    Only one in a million appointment

    • Hah!

      .. but the most Juicy in all.

      • All Trust

        U think so?

        • Hah!

          of-course. And all those AMALANZES should shut-off as an Ndi-Igbo is now in the clan.

    • tundemash

      Ethnic bigot, i expect you to protest the apointment of another Buhari cousin, Emmanuel Kachikwu, as the new Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

      • James Breen

        Look who is calling someone an ethnic bigot. ! You cannot even absorb comments from others without resorting to puerile comments.

  • Hah!

    Hah! We hope he is not a Biafran but a 100% Nigerian.

  • D.A

    Nigeria is a funny country. The man hires a man with a Ph.d in Business Administration and head of business development of a hospital and makes him head surgeon of a related hospital to carry out brain surgeries and Nigerians will come online to say appointments are being made on “merit”?? A Former General counsel with a first class in law to head of NNPC at a time of future restructuring?? Baffling!!

    • NinjaK

      God bless You!
      Nigeria is made up of a humongous number of “educated illiterates”!

    • OJ

      My dear, I do not know how old you are but I tell you this day, if you wrote Waec between 1955-1979, and you passed with the standard 5 Credits or more including Credit passes in English and Maths, you will NEVER have regard for someone like Buhari with just 2 credit passes——————-Which is more baffling and out of place, a PhD holder in Business Administration or Law heading NNPC or a below average student (not graduate) heading a country? Whatever logic you propound will just not hold. If any of my examples is misplaced, it is certainly Buhari…and it becomes disastrous when you consider that he has memory problems. That increases the risk Nigeria faces…What is he wakes up one day and forgets the name of his country or can’t recognize his Vice President or any of his Ministers?

      —————-When we told you Buhari did not match, you said he was best. The man you rejected 3 times from 1999 – 2011 suddenly became the best man because of the musings from Sambissa. You forgot about qualifications. Why remember qualifications now?

      • D.A

        The election was between two candidates. One lost it because he was just incompetent. In the end, the deciding zones (NC and SW) decided that Buhari was the lesser of two evils. At the moment, there is no Minister of Petroleum and no board at NNPC. We then have a 2 credit waec holder (your words not mine) at the helm. NNPC is therefore being led by two novices to be exact!! Great news!! But as you said, Nigeria once hired a professor of zoology to run corporate Nigeria!!

        • Romberg

          Perhaps you should submit your CV. They should be able to find what you a job. Whine all you like. The new guy has earned his onions. He will succeed.

      • Rumournaire

        How about this: Shell’s Vice President for Africa till 2009 was Ann Pickard – a graduate of History. Did Shell know what it was doing?

        If you are intent on dismantling NNPC as it is, you do NOT need to appoint an industry technical professional to head it now. It is better to appoint a legal professional because that would be the most useful competence in the dismantling.

        • D.A

          The man’s job description can be found on

          www[dot]zoominfo[dot]com/p/Ibe-Kachikwu/551550990

          Operative part of the article states his duties as:

          “In his capacity as the Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Exxon Mobil in Nigeria, he oversees the Compliance programs ofExxonMobil in Nigeria and advices on issues related to adherence with compliance regulations and Anti-Corruption Laws for the Company in Africa.”

          His role and experience is that of a lawyer!!

          • Rumournaire

            I’m not quite sure why you refer to the man’s immediate past job description. My point is that the job description relevant to his new appointment would be more like that of a lawyer than a technical professional. A technical professional would be a wrong person to oversee the dismantling of NNPC because he/she would be too focused on protecting the status quo.

          • D.A

            The man has absolutely no experience in a CEO type role within this sector. I fail to see why people are talking about an appointment based on merit when the man clearly lacks requisite experience for the job he is taking up.

          • D.A

            The man has absolutely no experience in a CEO type role within this sector. I fail to see why people are talking about an appointment based on merit when the man clearly lacks requisite experience for the job he is taking up. IF PMB wanted someone from exon mobil and wanted the person to be a southerner and have an igbo name he could have looked to the board of exon mobil Nigeria. At least that person would have experience in business management across the different sectors in the oil sector.

            http://www[dot]exxonmobil[dot]com[dot]ng/Nigeria-English/PA/products_downstream_directors.aspx

          • Rumournaire

            The type of leadership a company needs depends on the state of the
            company. If a company is in a steady state – a smooth going concern,
            then you need the traditional CEO who can keep things going. Let’s call
            this a “Type A CEO”. However, if the company is in a crisis, it needs a
            totally different kind of leadership – one that completely re-engineers
            it. We will call this the “Type B CEO”. He may never even have been a
            CEO before, but he is known to be able to look at things from their
            fundamentals and re-engineer them. Once he does that and rescues the
            company, he can hand over to a Type A CEO and move on. The last thing
            NNPC needs today is a Type A CEO.`NNPC needs someone who would break it
            up into optimal components and ensure that there are no conflicts or
            duplications in the functions of those components. At the end of the
            exercise, he himself is rendered redundant – if he does the job well!

          • D.A

            You make me laugh. The man that has been hired is not a CEO type at all. He is a middle management lawyer whose job has always been consigned to advising his seniors on the law and how to comply with existing laws. It has also included laising with external law firms and managing legal budgets. That is it. The kind of work that needs to be done is clearly over the head of the person appointed. The man has no MBA type training nor has he led any sector charged with strategic thinking within an organisation. He has been a lawyer all his life of working in the big time and a very good lawyer at that. Take UBS for example. They wanted to change things around. They hired a CEO outside of banking but a CEO nonetheless. There is a reason people pay big money to hire CEO’s you know!!!!!

            This guy knows nothing outside of his core competence as a compliance lawyer. How many organisations world wide have appointed its general counsel as CEO. How many top notch organisations world wide has appointed a General counsel that is not even on the board of his company to run an organisation in crisis. Whilst I take your point on different grade CEO’s….for different circumstances. You know full well that the character appointed is not suited to this role in crisis or in times of stability. If anthing. It would be better to appoint someone like him in a stable environment hoping he takes counsel from the more experienced members of staff. I doubt he will be able to take the lead in re-organising anything. He has not driving any changes in corporate structure as GC and will be a fish out of water!!

          • Rumournaire

            You may be right. It reminds me of Diezani Alison-Madueke. Our media made her larger-than-life when she was appointed Petroleum Minister. Diezani joined Shell as a contract staff Guest House Supervisor in 1992. When Shell gave up all its (about 10) guest houses in Lagos in 1997, her job vanished. But because her father was a respected Shell staff before the civil war, the company absorbed her as a permanent staff in External Relations, and then Joint-Venture Relations. She NEVER got involved in the real oil and gas business throughout her career in Shell. She was catapulted to a Director level when Ann Pickard – the Shell Regional Vice-President at that time – embarked on an affirmative plan to increase the number of Niger Deltans in Shell. Shortly after she became a Director, she was appointed Works and Transport Minister in Yar’adua’s government. She is undoubtedly smart, but she was never an oil industry expert the press made her to be.

          • Romberg

            Your argument is centrally fallacious. Where on earth do people train as CEOs? If you want change, give someone with the right attitude a chance. That is it! You didn’t state whether those who had occupied the position of NNPC previously have ever been CEO elsewhere, have not failed in their private practice, had a PhD, have advised CEO…. Add all the other trash you said.

            Put it this way. His biography from Exxon Mobile shows he has got anticorruption credentials. It also shows he has provided consistent legal advice…. If you want to change a place, will you hire someone who will give you ambitious plans in the wrong direction albeit technically sound, or rather someone who can trace issues, provide legal advice and help in meeting your goals?

  • burning spear

    Bailout: Jonathan Generated the Funds Used – NLNG MD.

    The Managing Director of Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG, Ltd, Babs Omotowa has insisted that the N1.2 trillion bailout fund for States was generated by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

    Omotowa who made this known in an interview refuted claims by the presidency claiming the fund was not generated from Jonathan’s administration.

    The NLNG boss while confirming that $1.6bn was paid to the Government from operations said “We did not pay the government $1.6billion dividend but $1.6billion corporate income and education tax, which is different from dividend.”

    He however insisted that “this of course is from our activities in 2014.”

    Following the plea by some State Governors to President Muhammadu Buhari for rescue in order to pay workers salary, Buhari assented to the release of the sum of N1.2 trillion last week.

    At least 12 of the 36 States including Osun, Rivers, Oyo, Ekiti, Kwara, Kogi, Ondo, Plateau, Benue, and Bauchi states are believed to owe their workers over N110billion in salaries and allowances.

    Following the release of the fund, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a statement through its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh insisted that the fund was saved by the immediate past administration.

    “It is gratifying to note that gradually the evidence of monies left behind by the PDP-led administration is coming to public light despite effort by the new government to hide the facts.
    “The public had been made aware that $2 billion was left in the ECA for which the Accountant–General and the APC confirmed approvals for the withdrawal of $1.7 billion.” The statement read.

    • Tunsj

      Burning Spear you are here again with this nonsense. I thought you left the country for Burundi.

    • Sadiq Garba

      Who is quarreling with you on that. The only issue with your statement is, Jonathan would have shared the money with his PDP gang and possibly Deziani

    • Rommel

      Generated or hidden from the Jonathan administration you mean with intention to loot the said fund before a new sheriff came into town.

    • SBA

      Here Comes Mr Controversy again!

      • anwari

        Mr Controversy or Mr Clown?

    • Ju Orisa Anthony

      Burning spear please open your own online reporting site and stop giving us information on this platform we have enough facts about more than you do.

      • burning spear

        if u had enough facts as u claim and have not been supplyingg us with propaganda materials—-u will not disturb us with fake stories about America granting Nigeria relief–concerning the arms embargo——-from a crook like Issah———————–who sneaked into Nigeria——————-to do business with drug dealers like tinubu——-if not for some of us——-u would have sold Nigeria cheap to the fulanis ati yorubas-Time for our oil wells be left alone—Buhari is a born wayo man———-add his evil traits to the drug habits of tinubu———————-only then will u know we are in trouble with ourselves—————-animals

    • Buhari4Ever

      Deri Orbuka, Since 2010, how much was generated by NLNG under GEJ and how much was paid to the Federal government? We saw how Diezani collected N8trillion through NNPC and withheld N3.7Trillion for her personal use. How does $1.6Bn from NLNG became N1.2Trillion bail out fund? You are always thinking upside down because of mischief

      • burning spear

        Monkey—use your brain for once—-stop acting dumb like certificateless buhari–were u not told that the firm was on tax holiday———-until 2014————-that is why buhari does not know the difference between a budget defict and the debt ratio of his country-

        • Buhari4Ever

          Deri Orbuka, Ijaw donkey, are you saying the otstanding $64.7bn is not a debt but budget deficit? Has GEJ ever operated under any budget? When GEJ was spending like a drunken sailor through an ATM called NNPC, did he ever consider any economic term like budget deficit? Tax holidays and import duty waivers were merely tools used by GEJ and his ministers to defraud the country. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    • Proud Yoruba

      Rubbish! Jonathan had nothing to do with NLNG, it was developed in 1989. He just benefited from its dividends. See below:

      Nigeria LNG Limited was incorporated as a limited liability company on 17 May 1989, to produce LNG and natural gas liquids (NGL) for export. The plant was built by TSKJ consortium, which was led by former Halliburton’s subsidiary KBR. Other participants of the consortium were Snamprogetti, Technip and JGC Corporation.[2] The first train came into operation in 1999.[3]

      Shareholders:

      Nigeria LNG Limited is jointly owned in the following proportions: Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) owns 49%, Shell Gas B.V. owns 25.6%, Total LNG Nigeria Ltd owns 15% and Eni International owns 10.4%.

      Operations:

      Nigeria LNG Limited operates six liquefaction units (LNG trains) producing 22 million metric tonnes of LNG per year (mmtpa).[3][4] This amounts to roughly 10% of the world’s LNG consumption.[5] Trains 1, 2 and 3 have production capacities of 3.2 mmtpa, whilst trains 4, 5 and 6 have capacities of 4.1 mmtpa each.[6] The final investment decision on the train 7 has not yet been made.

      Financing Edit

      The base project (Trains 1 and 2) which cost US$3.6 billion, was financed by NLNG’s shareholders. The third train (expansion project), including additional storage, cost US$1.8 billion and was funded by shareholders as well as reinvested revenue from the base project. The NLNGPlus project (Trains 4 & 5) cost US$2.2 billion and was funded with a combination of internally generated revenue and third party loans amounting to US$1.06 billion. Train 6 (NLNGSix project) cost US$1.748 billion, financing was handled by shareholders.[9] The total cost of building six LNG trains was US$9.348 billion.

      Controversy:

      There are investigations concerning alleged bribes of $180 million paid by the TSKJ consortium of engineering companies to Nigerian government officials[11] (not Nigeria LNG staff) in the period 1994–2004 to obtain contracts worth more than $6 billion to win the contract to build Nigeria LNG facilities.[2] KBR pleaded guilty, in February 2009, to paying bribes to Nigerian government officials to secure four contracts to build and expand the Nigeria LNG terminal.[12] In Italy, Milan’s prosecutors office has begun legal proceedings to bar Eni and Saipem, owners of Snamprogetti, from doing business with NNPC because of these alleged bribes paid by the TSKJ consortium to Nigerian government officials.[2] Snamprogetti will pay $240 million in fines to avoid prosecution by the United States Department of Justice for violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In addition, Eni and Snamprogetti will pay $125 million to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission case.[13]

  • ALBERT

    For the first time in our recent history, we are seeing and witnessing a President making appointments based on character, content and track records. We are no more seeing appointments to high position of authority and responsibility based on affiliation to one god-father or nominees from traditional, religious leaders or Governors or from PDP strongholds. We are indeed not surprise when some tribal jingoist and bigots , who hitherto saw nothing wrong with the lopsided appointments, square pegs in round holes, nepotism and maligning or sidelining states or regions who were not pdp strong hold preaching sanctimonious sermons of Buhari`s appointments.Nobody complained when all the Federal appointments from Edo State for instance, came from the BOT Chairman, village, LGA, family, even his wife was appointed Minister, PDP women leader etc. Today, we have the entire grand North with 3 giant geo-political zones being compared to a particular tribe in the South. When Buhari appoints a Nigerian from Niger or Bauchi states , we hear cries of marginalising a particular tribe oblivious of the fact, we have 391 official tribes, 774LGAS, 36 including FCT in Nigeria.

    • steve

      Iam loving this. Please fire on, Albert! And together we shall witness a new, prosperous, progressive Nigeria. The pariah nation of yesterday that will become the toast/bride of the world. That reminds me of the prophesy by that amiable man of God, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye who has said it repeatedly that as Nigeria rises to the fulfillment of Destiny, securing Nigeria’s Visa will be more difficult than that of USA. And now, here comes the bright new dawn!

      .

    • Lanre

      Oh please keep quiet and shut it. Buhari made a mistake. He intended appointing Ibrahim Kajiko but they named Ibe Kachikwu instead. There are Three main ethnic groups in Nigeria. The Yoruba. The Igbos and The Hausa-Fulani (if you agree to lump the last together). Who are you preaching to?

      • ALBERT

        @Lanre, So you will wish tell Nigerians that, Buhari could appoint a GM of such a sensitive, critical and super important institution like NNPC by mistake without any critical thinking and concertations? Buhari is not Jonathan, who will appoint non practicing Medical Doctor; Snr SA on Media and Publicity and sensitive military, security and public service appointments based on emotions.

        You seem to be carrying this colonial and pre-independence baggage hallucinating that,Nigeria is made up of three major tribes to the exclusion of the rest. Most of us are oblivious of the fact that, the British for administrative convenience, divided Nigeria into regions and used to the principle of One tribe to represent a whole region. Do any of these so-called major tribes share a common boundary? Modern Nigeria is defined by LGAs and States that make up the federation and not by tribe. There is no tribe, religion or ethnic groups mentioned in the Nigerian constitution. Sometimes our poor knowledge of history, geography and tribes in Nigeria expose us to so much ridicule.

  • trutometer

    Good job, carry on mr president. ignore the noise makers. Nigeria and Nigerians are solidly behind you. Naija MUST change for the better. anyone against this, Cameroon is not far.

    • Burbank

      Amen. Sai PMB

  • Lewinsky

    PREMIUM TIMES – A tale of jaundiced perspective in perpetuity!

    Yoruba people! Na wa for una o! ……If Emmanuel Kachikwu were a Yoruba man from the West of Nigeria, the headline news would have been something like: “ Harvard trained Oluwole Lagbaja heads NNPC” or “Dr Oluwole Lagbaja, Harvard alumni, becomes new NNPC’s GMD”

    …But because the fellow is from the South (Niger Delta Republic), the myopic bad belle journalists and Editors of Premium Times chose to give him a casual introduction. Can you juxtapose this with the announcement of Mr Osinbinde as the running mate of Buhari? A quick retrospective investigation shows that Premium Times ‘tried’ in every way it could, to polish the CV of this man who has a fake PhD with just 3 irrelevant publications. Yet, they call him Professor of Law. How & when did Osinbinade become a Prof of Law? Wonders shall never end.

    …But here is Dr Kachukwu with a 1st class degree and PhD to match from a University the G7 tell us is the best University in the world. Yet, Premium Times refers to him as Mr Kachukwu as if he is on the same level with that lazy student from Katsina state with 2 credit passes in WAEC.

    • Sadiq Garba

      Thank God you now agree that he sat for WAEC.

      • ikenna

        Sharaaaaaaaaaaaaap! Did he confirm that Buhari sat for WAEC? I am sure his comments are based on the declation by apc party which cannot even confirm that Buhari sat for the exam. For your information, apc party’s position on Buhari’s certificate and educational status is that of ‘irrefutable presumption’., or are you not aware of this?

    • Julius

      You know you can also start your own News web site with all your oil money… abi una dey drink am ? You are a moron ! Oh by the way, Isnt the man from the North.., Buharis’s cousin ? Lmaoooooooo.

      • truth_is_bitter

        truth hurts. Truly bitter in the mouth of those to whom it is alien.

        • Julius

          Truth on what ? That the man is Buharis’s cousin from the North ? lol…Since its your rants has been that Buhari only appoints people from the North. Right ?

          • Burbank

            Gbam

    • funso

      Why do you like to “think” thru your anus?

    • James Breen

      I thought his name was Osinbajo ?

    • Unity and Faith

      You seem to have to school from the way you type, but it seems the education did not go through you from the way you reason

  • Esejovwo Edafe

    I can see that this Bokohari loves my oil & gas. No day passes by without him talking about oil, missing oil money, oil shipments, oil this or oil that. In fact, he can no longer make a complete sentence without mentioning oil money. Too bad. I can feel his pain. His attachment. His addiction…and this often leads to desperation. Sambissa!!!

    If to say brain carry am, Papilo for like to go University and I am sure he would have loved to study for a Bachelor’s degree in a course like B.Sc Missing Oil Money. Nonsense!

    • Abate Dokpu

      We we orhue.

    • Festus

      May God cleanse you and forgive you for these insult on our beloved President.

  • Excisionist

    How much experience does Umaru Danbatta have in the oil industry? ZERO. Every appointment Buhari is making is in line with his blind policy of planting dirty Fulani foot everywhere. Watch out ! Nigeria is marching backwards

    • Bidemi Lukman

      Does Danbatta needs to have experience in oil industry to work head NCC?

      • Kekedu

        Funny… lols

      • objective

        He needs to climb telecommunication masts and oil them. Maybe that is why some people believe he needs an oil industry experience. Hahhaha!

    • Scribe

      I think you need to read the report again to understand what Danbatta was appointed to do.

    • javscong javscong

      In your quest to put forward your very biased perception, you failed to read the publication. Dambatta is heading the NCC and if with his qualifications you still think he was appointed because his name suggests he is a Northerner, then I am afraid you will remain blind to reality. Let us stop all the non sense talk about where an appointee comes from but zero in on competence and integrity.

    • tundemash

      Mor0n …. is NNPC and NCC same ?

      • objective

        hahaha!

      • James Breen

        Why are you wasting your time educating these guys. They do not read the articles correctly, yet make fundamental statements !!

        • Sonny Martin

          Good point

        • tundemash

          cl0wn ! And when it is convenient for you, you tacitly endorse their ethnic sentiment. Be bold and stop hiding here and there!

      • Festus

        Some of them are Senseless you know? They just want to say something at all cost!!

    • Dazmillion

      Idiotic tribalist

    • Abate Dokpu

      It’s good you check your facts before you criticize otherwise people will call you a bigot or an ignoramus or even a dolt. Just so you may know, NCC means Nigerian Communications Commission and the appointee is a Professor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.With this information, do you still think Prof. Danbatta is not qualified to head the NCC?

    • Sonny Martin

      The president was advised in the US to appoint technocrats. Nothing to do with tribalism.

    • Adamu Muhammad Jibrin

      Oh oh! This guy is an illiterate, reading the news backwards just like the way he is. Where in your drunken head did u read that Danbatta is appointed in the oil sector? By the way give me a name from ur creeks who has a better qualification to head NCC. Zero behind a decimal point.

    • Burbank

      excisionist…
      LOL
      Umaru Danbatta is appointed to head NCC;not NNPC.

      Learn English.

  • 车前草和花生

    Let’s hope it’s not just a rotation of chairs because you don’t need to be a Dr. to do this job. The fact is that the guys with PhDs these days were not the brightest in their classes. Many of them went back to school because they could not make it any other way. You just need seasoned, honest and smart people, not just replacing two Dr’s with two Dr’s. The chances of that happening in Western countries is very low.

    • Sonny Martin

      REALLY?

  • agbobu

    MK KACHIKWU’S APPIONTMENT IS NOT THAT HE IS A PERSON OF IGBO EXTRACTION BUT BECAUSE HE IS A VERY QUALIFIED, VERY ABLE AND VERY COMPETENT PERSON. WHILE I CONGRATULATE HIM AND ALL NIGERIANS, I ALSO CONGRATULATE AND PRASIE PRESIDENT BUHARI WHO KNOWS WHAT IS GOOD, ROCOGNISES IT AND IS ALWAYS WILLING, ABLE AND READY TO USE IT. THAT IS THE VERY GREAT ATTRIBUTE OF THE PEOPLE’S PRESIDENT BUHARI.

  • GOK

    Great move by the Chief Executive Officer himself – President Buhari. . The President is truly on a mission to transform this nation… You will succeed. .

    • redeem

      i beg make we hear better word

  • Proud Yoruba

    One ibo parasite, three Yorubas, and plenty, plenty Hausas!

    I just hope the ibo will be supervised by a Yoruba, otherwise, it is Wahala again o! We’ll be back to coordinating embezzlement.

    • burning spear

      what are u as a Yoruba man proud of—-the revenue from cocoa—where the money to bail out Osun state came from?–what is there in u that helped to transform Nigeria—

      • Proud Yoruba

        Where did the money to develop the oil industry come from? Cocoa. Where did the money to fight the civil war come from? Cocoa. Where did the money that fed you, built roads, schools, hospitals, police, army, infrastructure, etc. from 1914 till 1970 come from? Cocoa.

        Go and sit down! You should be grateful to Cocoa.

        • Julius

          Thank you for schooling the illiterate !. They never think beyond their asses !

        • The Voice

          Idiots why dont you show Nigerians the infrastructures they used cocoa money for’ in the Niger Delta Region that cough out the 1.7billion dollars that was used to bailout your baised and Tribalistic states, and who told you that it was Cocoa money that was used in developing oil industries? was it the proceed from cocoa or grandnut they used in building NNPC?

    • objective

      Emmanuel Kachikwu is an Anioma man from Delta State who use to own Hints magazine in those days. Good fellow!

    • DonCool

      Hmmm…. are you now attacking Buhari’s govt? I say again bigotry will not help our country o!

      • Proud Yoruba

        I don’t care about Buhari or his govt, I only care about my country, Nigeria!

        The last Harvard/MIT grad, ibo parasite cost us heavily, all she did was coordinate embezzlement.

        Who do you care about, your country or individual So?

        • DonCool

          We both care about our country and that’s commendable. But what exactly is your headache with the individuals education/tribe?? Bigotry will only harm our country o!

        • ceebee

          Go and die

        • Chukwuka Okoroafor

          You care for Nigeria but abuse the citizens. I doubt you are even Yoruba much less a Nigerian. Foreign trolls and operatives should stop trying to create a bandwagon effect of tribalism while pretending to be Yoruba or any other ethnicity.

  • burning spear

    Bailout: Jonathan Generated the Funds Used – NLNG MD.

    The Managing Director of Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG, Ltd, Babs Omotowa has insisted that the N1.2 trillion bailout fund for States was generated by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

    Omotowa who made this known in an interview refuted claims by the presidency claiming the fund was not generated from Jonathan’s administration.

    The NLNG boss while confirming that $1.6bn was paid to the Government from operations said “We did not pay the government $1.6billion dividend but $1.6billion corporate income and education tax, which is different from dividend.”

    He however insisted that “this of course is from our activities in 2014.”

    Following the plea by some State Governors to President Muhammadu Buhari for rescue in order to pay workers salary, Buhari assented to the release of the sum of N1.2 trillion last week.

    At least 12 of the 36 States including Osun, Rivers, Oyo, Ekiti, Kwara, Kogi, Ondo, Plateau, Benue, and Bauchi states are believed to owe their workers over N110billion in salaries and allowances.

    Following the release of the fund, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a statement through its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh insisted that the fund was saved by the immediate past administration.

    “It is gratifying to note that gradually the evidence of monies left behind by the PDP-led administration is coming to public light despite effort by the new government to hide the facts.
    “The public had been made aware that $2 billion was left in the ECA for which the Accountant–General and the APC confirmed approvals for the withdrawal of $1.7 billion.” The statement read.

    • Proud Yoruba

      Nigeria LNG Limited was incorporated as a limited liability company on 17 May 1989, to produce LNG and natural gas liquids (NGL) for export. The plant was built by TSKJ consortium, which was led by former Halliburton’s subsidiary KBR. Other participants of the consortium were Snamprogetti, Technip and JGC Corporation.[2] The first train came into operation in 1999.[3]

      Shareholders Edit

      Nigeria LNG Limited is jointly owned in the following proportions: Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) owns 49%, Shell Gas B.V. owns 25.6%, Total LNG Nigeria Ltd owns 15% and Eni International owns 10.4%.

      Operations Edit

      Nigeria LNG Limited operates six liquefaction units (LNG trains) producing 22 million metric tonnes of LNG per year (mmtpa).[3][4] This amounts to roughly 10% of the world’s LNG consumption.[5] Trains 1, 2 and 3 have production capacities of 3.2 mmtpa, whilst trains 4, 5 and 6 have capacities of 4.1 mmtpa each.[6] The final investment decision on the train 7 has not yet been made.[3]

      Subsidiaries Edit

      The company has a wholly–owned subsidiary set up in 1989,[1] Bonny Gas Transport (BGT) Limited, which provides shipping services for NLNG.[7] BGT was set up in Bermuda with an ordinary equity holding from Nigeria LNG Limited and preferential equity holding from the sponsors, NLNG’s shareholders. Another wholly owned subsidiary of Nigeria LNG Limited is Nigeria LNG Ship Manning Limited (NSML), which was set up in 2008 to give dedicated attention to providing, developing and managing high calibre personnel for NLNG’s maritime business.[8]

      Financing Edit

      The base project (Trains 1 and 2) which cost US$3.6 billion, was financed by NLNG’s shareholders. The third train (expansion project), including additional storage, cost US$1.8 billion and was funded by shareholders as well as reinvested revenue from the base project. The NLNGPlus project (Trains 4 & 5) cost US$2.2 billion and was funded with a combination of internally generated revenue and third party loans amounting to US$1.06 billion. Train 6 (NLNGSix project) cost US$1.748 billion, financing was handled by shareholders.[9] The total cost of building six LNG trains was US$9.348 billion.

      Sponsorship

      Controversy Edit

      There are investigations concerning alleged bribes of $180 million paid by the TSKJ consortium of engineering companies to Nigerian government officials[11] (not Nigeria LNG staff) in the period 1994–2004 to obtain contracts worth more than $6 billion to win the contract to build Nigeria LNG facilities.[2] KBR pleaded guilty, in February 2009, to paying bribes to Nigerian government officials to secure four contracts to build and expand the Nigeria LNG terminal.[12] In Italy, Milan’s prosecutors office has begun legal proceedings to bar Eni and Saipem, owners of Snamprogetti, from doing business with NNPC because of these alleged bribes paid by the TSKJ consortium to Nigerian government officials.[2] Snamprogetti will pay $240 million in fines to avoid prosecution by the United States Department of Justice for violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In addition, Eni and Snamprogetti will pay $125 million to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission case.[13]

    • aisha ani

      Who cares, just pay salaries.

      • Burbank

        Gbam

  • Excisionist

    @Marcus Garvey
    “Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari in what Nigerians described as his quested to Islamise the country, have urged the Federal Ministry of Education to include two Islamic Studies books written by the late Justice Muhammad Bashir Sambo in the secondary school curriculum for all Federal Government Colleges.”

    Insensitivity and intolerance. In a nut shell that’s what characterizes Islam and Muslims (particularly Hausa/Fulani in Nigeria). One problem is that they are so myopic that they don’t know where to draw the line. Buhari, come teach my children Islam, you bloody bastard. When they stir the hornet’s nest, they rush to Christian countries for protection

    For the record, those Western leaders who supported the presidential bid of Buhari should take note.

    • Burbank

      Bigotry clouds your minds; like the Ku Klux Klan and the apartheid whites-only South Africa.

  • MushinSpeaks

    Things are no longer the same with our system… Baba is def going slow and steady. End of Corruption is here…

  • Burbank

    Did I hear anyone claiming that Buhari had appointed another “Northerner” Emmanuel Kachikwu of Delta State (it is a “Northern” state, I guess) to head a major state parastatal; the NNPC no less?
    Sai Buhari