New NNPC GMD takes charge; unfolds agenda

Mr. Dawha said the NNPC under him would find lasting solutions to some of the knotty issues plaguing the country’s petroleum sector.

The newly appointed Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Joseph Dawha, on Wednesday took charge at the helm of the national oil company.

Shortly after taking over the reins from his predecessor, Andrew Yakubu, Mr. Dawha said the Corporation under his leadership would focus on sustaining the ongoing transformation of the petroleum industry.

The aspiration of the government has been to ensure that upstream exploration and production, midstream and downstream sectors of the industry are developed to meet their potentials in order to positively impact the country’s economy.

Thanking President Goodluck Jonathan for his appointment, he gave the assurance that the management of the NNPC under him would find lasting solutions to some of the knotty issues plaguing the country’s
petroleum sector.

He applauded Mr. Yakubu for his commitment and dedication to the service of the nation over the last thirty years and wished him well in his future endeavour.

Mr. Dawha solicited support of members of staff for his agenda, stressing that the moment has come for the NNPC to impact more on the Nigerian society.

The former GMD, Mr. Yakubu, in his speech thanked the President for the opportunity he gave him to rise to the pinnacle of his career; and congratulated his successor on his appointment.

He described Mr. Dawha as a thoroughbred professional who has the capacity to navigate the NNPC and the entire oil industry to the next level.

Prior to his appointment as GMD, Mr. Dawha was the Group Executive Director, GED, for Exploration and Production, E&P of the NNPC; responsible for repositioning and setting strategic direction for the upstream exploration and production activities of the corporation.

He joined the services of the NNPC in 1988, rising to the rank of Executive Director Commercial Services of Eleme Petrochemical Company Limited (now Indorama), Port Harcourt in 2003, from where he was appointed the Managing Director of Integrated Data Services Limited, IDSL, Benin in 2005.

As MD IDSL, Mr. Dawha turned around the fortunes of IDSL which saw it exceed its target between 2007 and 2010.

The new GMD hails from Biu in Borno State and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical engineering from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1977; a Master of Science in the same discipline in 1985, and a Doctorate degree in Chemical Engineering in 1988.


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  • True Nigerian

    Professor Ilo, thank you. The truth – and nothing but the truth – as you have bluntly and respectfully declared in your last 3 paragraphs, is the reason why I am a pentecostal who would rather stand with the leadership of the Catholic church when it comes to the issue of speaking the harsh truth to the shameless fellows that are called political leaders in Nigeria.

    With the exception of Tunde Bakare, there is no voice in the Pentecostal fellowship speaking against the woeful failure of leadership in today’s Nigeria. Worse still, they are even defending and campaigning for the incumbent politicians behind the horrendous failure and stagnation of this country. It’s morally offensive! When I look at the horrible situation of Nigeria today and look at the support the church leaders are giving to the perpetrators either by active defence of them or criminal silence on it, I sart asking myself whether I should be going into the churches every Sunday. And to be honest, I don’t do so anymore, except when I step out of the shores of this country or when a friend or associate is doing some ceremony at the church. The Nigerian Christianity is as corrupt as the Nigerian society, which partly explains why the leadership is as corrupt as it is. The developments in the pentecostal churches validate that point. Christ Embassy is in scandal (UK); Living Faith is in scandal (UK); Synagogue (TB Joshua) is in a fatal scandal involving culpable criminal negligence that caused the deaths of more than 100 people and yet the GO cannot show enough humility to honour the summons of the inquest; Christ Embassy (Chris Oyakilome) is in earthquaking scandalous strife over money, wealth, assets, marital issues, and the many lies that have been told in order to silence his followers into acceptance of anything he coughs out as the perspective he wants them to adopt on the issues; Assemblies of God is on fire because old leaders of the church who have been stealing and misapproriating the funds of the church are now wielding the sword against the new leader who wanted to instill probity, transparency and accountability in the church. Ayo Oritsejafor is now a campaign chief for the President. He speaks up against everything, but keeps quiet on lawlessness by the government headed by a President he openly fecilitates with. Adeboye allows the use of his altar as a campaign tool for horrendously corrupt leaders and he then maintains a noisy silence as their incompetence festers over the country and pushes the country to the edge of disaster. I can go on and on with the list. In the midst of that tolerance and decay, from where are Nigerian Christains going to get the inspiration and guidance to turn their votes and voices against horrible, corrupt and lawless leaders? How are they even going to see the difference between an indolent church and a vigilant church? How are they going to see the power of the church to influence its society? It is is despicable.

    Jesus says we should be the light of the world and the salt of the earth. We are now as tasteless and dark as the world. That takes me to the master’s words too in which he said that if the light in your eyes is darkness, how great is your darkness! The Church’s light emits darkness, and therefore cannot illuminate Nigeria. The truth is bitter, but it sets us free. That is, if we still have any regard for what the bible says about truth.