Former NNPC Boss charges new successor to surpass achievements

By Kalu Kalu, Abuja.

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Mallam Mele Kolo Kyari, new Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, has charged his successor, Mallam Mele Kolo Kyari, to exceed the milestones recorded so far by the corporation’s current management.

In a statement, the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of NNPC Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, stated that Dr. Baru gave the charge when he received a delegation from the Borno State Government led by the state Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum.

Dr. Baru expressed optimism that Mallam Kyari, as a thoroughbred product of the NNPC system, would deploy his cognate experience, expertise and exposure to deliver greater achievements.

He noted that the incoming Group Managing Director played critical roles in delivering the various projects that have reformed the corporation within a short period, stressing that Mr. Kyari, being part of the processes and vision of the new NNPC, was in a vantage position to perform better.

“We came in at a turbulent time when the country was experiencing low production, low staff morale and high rate of pipeline vandalism. However, we worked hard as a team and surmounted the challenges and finished strong.

“I am therefore, glad that one of our staff with professional competence and experience will be taking over from me”,  he said.

On his part, the Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, congratulated Mallam Kyari on his appointment and expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for finding him worthy of the honour.

He called on the GMD-designate to discharge his duties to the best of his ability without compromising national interest.

The Governor used the occasion to appreciate the outgoing Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru for his mentorship and training that prepared their son for this envious position in the nation’s largest oil and Gas Company.

He commended the smooth and unique process of the hand-over, emphasizing that the privilege pointed to the integrity of Dr. Maikanti Baru.

Amaka E. Nliam