Jonathan fires NNPC boss, Austen Oniwon, names Andrew Yakubu as replacement

President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked the top management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

In a move considered by most Nigerians as overdue, the president approved the immediate compulsory retirement of Group Managing Director of the corporation, Austen Oniwon, along with all the Group Executive Directors.

The affected Group Executive Directors include Michael Arokodare (Finance and Accounts); Philip Chukwu (Refineries & Petrochemicals) and Billy Agha (Engineering & Technology).

Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Reuben Abati, said in a statement on Tuesday that the re-composition of the new management team of the national oil company include Andrew Yakubu, who would take over from Mr. Oniwon as Group Managing Director.

Under the new arrangement, Bernard Otti takes over as the new Group Executive Director (Finance and Accounts); Abiye Membere  as Group Executive Director (Exploration and Production); Peter Nmadu    as Group Executive Director (Corporate Services); Anthony Ogbuigwe as Group Executive Director (Refineries & Petrochemicals) and Attahir Yusuf as Group Executive Director (Commercial & Investments), while David Ige, who was appointed Group Executive Director (Gas & Power) last year retains his position.

According to the presidential spokesman, the sack of the NNPC top hierarchy is to “further strengthen the ongoing reforms and transformation of Nigeria’s Petroleum sector, and in furtherance of efforts to achieve greater transparency and accountability in government.”

The new NNPC Group Managing Director is a 1979 Chemical Engineering graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, who joined the corporation in 1980, rising through the ranks and occupying various positions in the corporation including being Managing Director of the Warri Refining and Petrochemicals Company.

Until his appointment, Mr. Yakubu, an indigene of Kaduna State and a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), was the Group Executive Director (Exploration and Production).

“President Jonathan commends the outgoing directors for their service to the nation and urges the new management team to be fully committed to rapidly implementing the critical interventions needed to positively transform Nigeria’s petroleum industry,” Mr. Abati said.

In a related development, President Jonathan also approved the appointment of Victor Briggs as the new Managing Director of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), the exploration and production subsidiary of the NNPC.

Mr. Oniwon who was appointed Group Managing Director of the NNPC on May 16, 2010, should have ended his tenure since April last year, but was extended by President Jonathan till June this year.

The sack of the NNPC top management has been a lingering issues in the country’s polity, particularly in the wake of reports of monumental corruption and fraud that trailed the KPMG audit report published by the Federal Government in 2010.

The call was to receive further resonance last January following the decision of the Federal Government to unilaterally remove subsidy in the price of fuel, resulting in a week-long nationwide protest that crippled the nation.

A probe by the House of Representative Committee on the subsidy regime, following allegations of massive fraud in the fuel subsidy regime, uncovered unprecedented corruption in the management of the fund involving the NNPC and most of its subsidiaries and agencies associated with the marketing and distribution of petroleum products.

A report of the Farouk Lawan-led Committee, which included extensive indictment of the corporation and several of its subsidiaries as well as petroleum products marketers required to refund over N1.1trillion to government.

 

 

See full press release from the presidency on the new appointments below.

PRESIDENT JONATHAN APPROVES RE-COMPOSITION OF NNPC MANAGEMENT TEAM

To further strengthen the ongoing reforms and transformation of Nigeria’s Petroleum sector, and in furtherance of efforts to achieve greater transparency  and accountability in government, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has approved the re-composition of the executive management team of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as follows:
1.      Engr. Andrew Yakubu –           Group Managing Director
2.      Mr. Bernard O.N. Otti            –           Group Executive Director (Finance and Accounts)
3.      Engr. Abiye Membere            –           Group Executive Director (Exploration and Production)
4.      Dr. Peter S. Nmadu     –           Group Executive Director (Corporate Services)
5.      Engr. Anthony Ogbuigwe        – Group Executive Director (Refineries & Petrochemicals)
6.      Dr. Attahir B. Yusuf     –           Group Executive Director (Commercial & Investments)
7.      Dr. David Ige               –           Group Executive Director (Gas & Power)
The incoming Group Managing Director, Engr. Andrew Yakubu graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1979 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He joined the NNPC in 1980. Positions he has held in the corporation include Managing Director of the Warri Refining and Petrochemicals Company and Group Executive Director (Exploration and Production). Engr. Yakubu is an indigene of Kaduna State and a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.
President Jonathan has also approved the appointment of Engr. Victor Briggs as the new Managing Director of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).
The incumbent Group Managing Director, Engr. Austen Oniwon, and Mr. Michael Arokodare (outgoing Group Executive Director (Finance and Accounts), Mr. Philip Chukwu, outgoing Group Executive Director (Refineries & Petrochemicals), and Engr. Billy Agha, outgoing Group Executive Director (Engineering & Technology) are to proceed on retirement.
President Jonathan commends the outgoing directors for their service to the nation and urges the new management team to be fully committed to rapidly implementing the critical interventions needed to positively transform Nigeria’s petroleum industry.
 
Reuben Abati
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
June 26, 2012

 

 

 


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  • Olaben1967

    The Man Is gradually waking up! When would his inlaw (mrs Diezani ) too give way for the ongoing investigation to corruption under her.

    • tmotmo

      Diezani is not an inlaw, pls check your record very well. But pardon me if i am wrongly, i just think they are bedmate!!!

  • Adam khaleed

    good work Mr president! His mother Allison Madueke should follow suit..

    • Muss

      Kai that one na his woman

  • Xman

    This appointment is a total marginalisation of the muslims. I wonder what the christians will say if all the appointees are muslim and only one of them is a christian. But as a matter of fact, in my own personal opinion, I don’t believe in marginalisation of a region or religion provided merit is used. Just pointing this out for information sake

    • Nagoma

      Thank you brother. ****** PROPAGATING HATE IS ANTI-CHRIST ******

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      i agree with u. Yakubu is not north enough. he is a christian. a dan aruna. no be so?

      • Yman

        U must be man wrote becos he is from the north.He points out wht is happening under the nose of the mediocre called Jonathan, how tribalist he is, how much hatred he has for people outside his domain (region and religion), how unreasonable he cld be, he thinks being there is forever, I bet u, it is u pple from the south south that would wipe out his family becos he is doing u no good.

  • Iraborfrank

    it was overdue.

  • Nagoma

    This list of Directors would have generated baseless noises had it been dominated by Northerners, Hausas, Fulanis, Muslims etc. etc. Why a deafening silence on this list? Where are those who prefers to use sectionalism, religion and tribalism as basis for castigating others? This list looks well balanced, right? I have no alternative but to borrow your yard sticks on this one. For example, the ratio between the Southerners and Northerners is 5:2, between Christians and Muslims is 6:1. No qualms here, because this kind of arrangement is common and you hardly get noises from the other side of the Niger river. I pray that one day sectionalism, religion, tribalism, blind hate etc will cease to play roles in our thinking because PROPAGATING HATE IS ANTI-CHRIST.

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    Action President. Great move Mr President. Keep teaching them how its done. U are a leader. Onward!

  • Aminu B.

    Please Gentlemen even with social media have the decency and self respect the minister is somebody’s wife, mother, sister and family. She deserves respect as a woman and a person holding public office doesn’t give you pple the rights to abuse her to that extent of getting personal. Imagine your own being abused like that, please criticize a person based on issues rather than gender, ethnic and religion. Moreover with right leadership all this bias will go away, please PT edit some views. Thanx!

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      God bless U, Aminu. A few good men, up there.