President Muhammadu Buhari’s determination to reposition the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for better efficiency and accountability has continued to claim more victims. This is just as 38 of the Corporation’s top management staff were equally sacked in the sweeping reorganization, reducing the number from 122 to 83.

This time, the managing directors (MDs) of the Corporation’s strategic business units (SBUs) – which include the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Warri Refinery and Petrochemical Company (WRPC), Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) and NNPC Retail, as well as the company secretary and legal adviser – have all been sacked and replaced with immediate effect.

Also, sequel to last week’s sack of the Corporation’s eight group executive directors (GEDs), the president yesterday appointed four new GEDs and cut down the departments from eight to four.

A statement released yesterday by NNPC’s spokesman, Ohi Alegbe, stated that the changes were all approved by President Buhari. According to the new group managing director (GMD) of the NNPC, Dr Emmanuel Kachikwu, “the new appointments are in line with the federal government’s aspiration to transform the Corporation into a lean, efficient, business-focused, transparent and accountable national oil company in keeping with international best practices.”

The new appointments include: Dr. Maikanti Baru, GED, Exploration and Production; Mr Isiaka Abdulrazaq, GED, Finance and Services; Engr Dennis Nnamdi Ajulu, GED, Refining and Technology, and Dr Babatunde Victor Adeniran, GED, Commercial and Investment. Similarly, the new company secretary/legal adviser and managing directors appointed for the SBUs are Chidi Momah, group general manager, company secretary/legal adviser, and Mrs Esther Nnamdi Ogbue, managing director (MD), Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC).

The list also include Engr Chinedu Ezeribe, MD, Warri Refinning and Petrochemicals Company (WRPC); Mr Babatunde Bakare, MD, Nigerian Gas Company (NGC); Mr Inuwa Ibrahim Waya, Managing Director, Hyson, Mr Abubakar Mai-Bornu, MD, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), and Mr Ladipo Fagbola, MD, NNPC Retail. Others are Mr Rowland Ewubare, MD, Integrated Data Services Ltd (IDSL); Mr Modupe Bammeke, MD, NNPC Properties; Mr Abdulkadir Saidu, MD, Duke Oil, and Mr Dafe Sejebor, group general manager, Nigerian Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS).

According to the statement, “12 personnel have been recruited from the private sector into the top management cadre to jump-start a new business outlook aimed at enhancing the operational environment as a profit-driven business as against the current civil service orientation, in line with the aspiration to reposition the Corporation.”

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