Abuja –  President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointment of five new Group Executive Directors for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to fill vacancies in the Corporation.

This information is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by the President’s Senior Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati.

The appointees are: Mr Ian Udoh, Group Executive Director, Refining and Petrochemicals; Dr Dan Efebo, Group Executive Director, Corporate Services; and Ms Aisha Abdurrahman, Group Executive Director, Business Development.

The others are: Mr Adebayo Ibirogba, Group Executive Director, Engineering and Technical; while Dr Joseph Dawha would serve as Acting Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production.

It stated Udoh from Akwa Ibom had been the Managing Director of Port Harcourt Refining and Petrochemicals Company Ltd since November 2012.

“He has considerable experience of managing the nation’s refineries having previously held the position of Executive Director, Operations at both the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemicals Company ltd., and the Port Harcourt Refining and Petrochemicals Company Ltd.’’

It stated that Udoh had served as a General Manager in the Refining and Petrochemicals Directorate of NNPC.

The statement said Efebo from Bayelsa was the Group General Manager in charge of the NNPC’s Human Resources Division before his new appointment. He hails.

It further stated that Abdurrahman from Kogi was the Managing Director of Nikorma, NNPC’s shipping subsidiary, since March 2011.

According to the statement, Abdurrahman has also served as Managing Director of Hyson, an NNPC trading subsidiary, and as Executive Director (Services) of the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company .

It said that Ibirogba, a Chemical Engineer from Ogun was the Group General Manager, Engineering in the NNPC’s Engineering and Technology Directorate.

Dawha from Borno, who replaces Mr Abiye Membere as Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production, has been the Managing Director of Integrated Data Services ltd., since 2005.

‘‘He has served the corporation diligently, over the years, in various capacities, in the upstream and downstream sectors of the industry,’’ the statement stated.

It further stated that all the appointments were with immediate effect. (NAN)

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