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Shake-up in NNPC, Petroleum ministry

By Daniel Idonor
ABUJA– IN a move  geared towards redirecting affairs of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the Federal Government, yesterday, announced a major shakeup with the appointment and transfer of some directors.

These changes are coming barely one month after the former Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Sanusi Mohammed Barhindo, was fired by Acting President Goodluck Jonathan; and in his place, Mr Shehu Ladan, was appointed.

The changes which take immediate effect were contained in a statement signed by the  Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke, and made available to State House Correspondents in Abuja.

The statement said: “The Ministry of Petroleum Resources/NNPC has announced the following appointments/changes in the oil and gas industry, to take immediate effect.”

It stated that the Group Executive Director, GED, Engineering and Technical Services of the NNPC, Mr. F. Abbiye Suku moves to the position of GED Corporate Services, while  the Director of Directorate of Petroleum Resources, DPR, Mr. Billy Agha moves to NNPC headquarters as GED Engineering and Technical Services.

The current GED Corporate Services, Alhaji A. Yusuf, moves to the position of GED Commercial and Investment, C&I, while the current GED C&I, Alhaji Aminu Babakusa moved to the position of GED Special Services.

The statement added that all the GEDs on acting capacity over the past two years have been confirmed.

At the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the statement said that Mrs. Allison-Madueke has approved the following changes: Mr Andrew Obaje, Deputy Director, Directorate of Petroleum Resources, DPR, becomes substantive Director DPR, while the Acting Group General Manger, Ag. GGM, in charge of New Business Development Division, NBDD, Mr. Samuel Okeke, now moves to the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, PPMC, as substantive Managing Director. He swapped position with Mr. Reginald Stanley who moves to head NBDD.

Substantive MD for NPDC

Mr. K. Olaosebikan, who was the Managing Director, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, now moves to NNPC Corporate headquarters as Group General Manager, GGM, National Frontier on Exploration Services, NFES, under the GED Exploration and Production.

Olaosebikan replaced Mr. A. Membre, the Executive Director Operations of NPDC, who became the substantive managing director of NPDC.

The statement added that an International Trading Company, ITCO, was being created, noting that the ITCO would merge activities of HYSON, NAPOIL, and Duke Oil.

It stated that Dr. Ayo Balogun has been moved from National Petroleum Investment Management Services, NAPIMS to head the ITCO as its inaugural Managing Director.

Also appointed was Mr. M. A. Fiddi, as the GGM of NAPIMS, who replaced Dr. Ayo Balogun, while Mr. Anthony Ogbuigwe was confirmed as the substantive Managing Director of PHRC.


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