UPDATED: Major shake-up in NNPC; 55 top officials affected

NNPC Headquarters, Abuja [Photo Credit: Thisday]
NNPC Headquarters, Abuja [Photo Credit: Thisday]

As part of the ongoing restructuring of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, 55 top management staff were either appointed or redeployed across the company’s operations in a major management shake-up announced on Tuesday.

The Group Managing Director, GMD of the Corporation, Maikanti Baru, said the new appointments would not only help reposition the NNPC for the challenges ahead, but would also help to fill the gaps created due to statutory retirements of staff.

Under the new arrangement, Mr. Baru said a former Managing Director of the Integrated Data Services Limited, IDSL, Roland Ewubare, has been appointed the new Group General Manager, GGM, National Petroleum Investment Management Services, NAPIMS.

Former GGM and Senior Technical Assistant, STA, to Mr. Baru, Diepriye Tariah, would take over from him as the MD of IDSL; while the Executive Director Operations of the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company, KRPC, Malami Shehu, was appointed Managing Director, Port Harcourt Refining Company, PHRC.

A former MD of the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company, WRPC, Adewale Ladenegan, was moved to KRPC to assume duty as MD.

Also affected was Muhammed Abah, who until recently was the Executive Director (Operations) of WRPC succeeds. He will take over from Mr. Ladenegan as MD of Warri Refinery.

At the Nigerian Products Marketing Company, NPMC, former GGM in charge of Corporate Planning and Strategy, CP&S, Umar Ajiya, was named the MD following the recent retirement of Farouk Ahmed from service. Also, a former General Manager, Downstream, GMD’s Office, Bala Wunti, takes charge as GGM CP&S.

Other changes include Usman Yusuf who takes over as GGM/STA to the GMD; Adeyemi Adetunji as MD NNPC Retail, and Bola Afolabi as GGM in charge of Research and Development Division of the Corporation.

Mrs. Ahmadu-Katagum was also appointed GGM (Shipping) in the Downstream Autonomous Business Unit, ABU, while Kallamu Abdullahi takes over as the GGM in charge of the Renewable Energy Division in the Downstream ABU.

Also, Shaibu Musa was promoted MD of the NNPC Medical Services Limited, while Ibrahim Birma is the new GGM in charge of the Corporation’s Audit Division, now renamed Governance, Risk and Compliance Division.

The spokesperson of the NNPC, Ndu Ughamadu, said all the appointments and redeployments, which have been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, take immediate effect.


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  • amah sossy

    Hausa/ Yoruba with 1_Edo and 1 Bayelsa. Where are the easterners? Let’s be fair to one another. It will make the debate healthy and help the country. Just my common sense.

    • Mufu Ola

      Rubbish.NNPC is a corporate organisation, not Onitsha market association.

    • Dan arewa

      Take a look at what diejani madukwe did while a minister igbowoman carry all the money go buy house for london, New yorku, she even want buy house for Haven but they tellam say not for sale kai igbo na waoo

  • PRN

    Baru as part of the agenda assigned key positions except NAPIMS to his own brothers. The only two functional refineries – Warri and PH are assigned to quota MD’s. “One Nigeria. The Unity of this country is settled and non-negotiable”

    • Eluba Inas

      Continue to demand responsibilities be assigned based on ethnic nationalities and tribal affiliations and see how the country progresses.

      • PRN

        @elubas. I ask for appointments made on basis of merit, fairness, equity and justice. Nor NEPOTISM as you can compare this with scores in WAEC, JAMB and Unity Schools.

        • Eluba Inas

          How does scores from secondary school exams correlates with professionals at work? The problem is you continue to assume everyone not from your neck of the woods gets to where he/she is because of nepotism. Secondly just because majority from a certain section of the country scores low in exams does not means they do not have people who scores really high.

  • Sandra

    Northern Nigeria Petroleum Company..!!! Bollocks…!!!

    • Du Covenant

      What a loner!..

      • Say the truth

        He is not loner. A people that produce not a drop of oil sit on all positions of NNPC and you expect others to clap for them.

        • Inyamiri

          People that produce not a drop of oil and sit on ‘all positions’ of NNPC. What is wrong with you?

  • FreeNigeria

    You have MDs for refineries that are non functional. only in Nigeria. I weep for this country. GOD what did we do to deserve this? what what what?

    • Du Covenant

      The refineries have not been functioning long before Buhari became president, what is your beef with this man?. How functional were these refineries when the ineffectual buffoon was in office?.

      • FreeNigeria

        Does that make it acceptable?

      • Nliam Elias Simon

        The real ineffectual buffoon is Buhari the illiterate president

  • Buhari d scarecrow.

    Buhari is demented.

  • uOkwunna

    Where are the Southeast politicians, Elders and Elites that are preaching for unity in this British contraption, let them check this new NNPC appointments. Iwuanyanwu, Rochas, Ngige Ogbonnanya Onu etc we are waiting for your reactions and that of compromised morons like you in respect to this new reshuffle. Henceforth any politician, elder or elites that make any move against Biafra restoration will be visited the wrath of CHUKWU OKIKE ABIAMA. Amen.

  • Naijawehail

    Premiumtimes and co. I hope this is truly the effect of copy and paste and not some sinister motive. You said 55 top management officers are involved and mention a select 17. What is the basis of selecting to mention only these? Something sinister?

    • A.A.Ngalos

      Look at the comment by ken above and that of uOKwunna below and may be you will understand the basis of naming only 17 out of 55

  • Ken

    The South East is clearly cut out. And people like Rochas and Igbokwe would open their mouths. Give them their Biafa

  • Rommel

    PT should have published the entire list instead of instigating this sensationalism, Ndi Igbo are today agitated people who would react to anything perceived to indicate sectionalism or marginality from this administration so efforts should be made to curtail such reportage instead of attempting to whip them into a frenzy.I think the writer wanted to light a fire and they have achieved just that

    • Inyamiri

      You make sense Rommel. I trust PT but this, clearly, is a questionable journalism/reporting. May be they are joining the likes of CBS, BBC, CNN. If that is what they are trying to do, then they will loose their credibility.

    • LongJohn

      As you have the full list, why dont you publish it?