By John Ikani
The Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced the promotion and redeployment of some staff to fill vital vacant positions in the corporation.
The corporation made this known in a statement by its spokesperson, Dr Kennie Obateru, in Abuja on Monday.
According to the corporation, the appointments and redeployments were to strengthen and reposition the NNPC towards attaining global excellence and profitability.
The statement revealed that Mr Garba Muhammad, has been appointed to take over from Obateru as the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division.
It added that Obateru would be retiring from service in September.
Similarly, Mrs Aisha Ahmadu-Katagum was promoted to the position of the Group Executive Director, Corporate Services, while Mr Billy Okoye was appointed as the new Group Executive Director (GED), Ventures & Business Development.
Until their new appointments, Ahmadu-Katagum and Okoye were NNPC’s Group General Managers, Supply Chain Management Division and Crude Oil Marketing Division (COMD), respectively.
Also, Mr Adeyemi Adetunji, formerly Chief Operating Officer, Business & Ventures Development, becomes the Group Executive Director, Downstream.
Mr Mohammed Abdulkabir Ahmed, formerly Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Services, becomes the Group Executive Director, Gas And Power.
Obateru also disclosed that other Chief Operating Officer positions in the NNPC were re-designated as Group Executive Directors (GEDs), to align with the rules of Company And Allied Matters Act (CAMA).
According to him, this was in preparation for the new status of the corporation as a limited liability company, post-Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).
The statement also noted that the repositioning saw the disengagement of Mr Yusuf Usman, former Chief Operating Officer, Gas And Power.
It also quoted the Group Managing Director of the corporation, Malam Mele Kyari, as saying that the new appointments would enable the NNPC to live up to the expectations of Nigerians and achieve its vision of becoming a world-class energy company of choice.