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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