Buhari Replaces Ararume With Okadigbo’s Widow As NNPC Board Chair
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of the Board and Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, with Senator Margret Chuba Okadigbo, representing the Southeast, as Board Chairman.
The President had on September 19, 2021, appointed a Board, Chaired by Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, at the point of the registration of the NNPC Limited, but later suspended the inauguration of the Board indefinitely on November 11, 2021.
However, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, the President appointed the new Board and Management of the company, replacing the Chairmanship with Senator Okadigbo, widow of his one-time presidential running-mate and former Senate President, Dr Chuba Okadigbo.
The President also named the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Mele Kyari, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company and Mr Umar Ajiya, as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
“President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed the Board and Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, in accordance with the power vested in him under Section 59(2) of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021.
“Chairman of the Board is Senator Margret Chuba Okadigbo (South East), Mele Kolo Kyari, Chief Executive Officer, and Umar I. Ajiya, Chief Financial Officer.
Other Board Members appointed are: Dr Tajudeen Umar (North East); Mrs Lami O. Ahmed (North Central); Mallam Mohammed Lawal (North West); Engr. Henry Obih (South East); Barrister Constance Harry Marshal (South South) and Chief Pius Akinyelure (South West).
“The appointments take effect from the date of the incorporation of the NNPC Limited.
“Also appointed are Executive Commissioners of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission. They are: Dr Nuhu Habib (Kano), Executive Commissioner, Development and Production, Dr Kelechi Onyekachi Ofoegbu (Imo), Executive Commissioner, Economic Regulations and Strategic Planning, Capt. Tonlagha Roland John (Delta), Executive Commissioner, Health, Safety, Environment and Community, and Jide Adeola (Kogi), Executive Commissioner, Corporate Services and Administration.
“Earlier appointed are the Board Chairman, CEO, Executive Commissioner, Exploration and Acreage Management, and Executive Commissioner, Finance and Accounts.
“New appointees at the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority are Francis Alabo Ogaree (Rivers), Executive Director, Hydrocarbon Processing, Mustapha Lamorde (Adamawa), Executive Director, Health, Safety, Environment and Community, Mansur Kuliya (Kano), Executive Director, Midstream and Downstream Gas Infrastructure Fund, Bashir Sadiq (Sokoto), Executive Director, Corporate Services and Administration, and Dr Zainab Gobir (Kwara), Executive Director, Economic Regulations and Strategic Planning.
“They join the Board Chairman, Executive Director, Downstream Systems, Storage and Retailing Infrastructure, the CEO, and Executive Director, Finance and Accounts, who had earlier been appointed.
“For Midstream and Downstream Infrastructure Fund, new Council Members are: Mr Effiong Abia (Akwa Ibom), Bobboi Ahmed (Adamawa), and Engr. Abdullahi Bukar (Katsina).
“It will be recalled that President Buhari had last September written the Senate on the administrative structure amendments to the Petroleum Industry Act, which included appointment of Non-Executive Board Members, removal of the Ministries of Petroleum and Finance from the Board of the two new institutions, and appointment of Executive Directors”, the statement said.