The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says its appointments always adhere to the principle of merit, transparency, accountability and placement of square pegs in square holes.

Kennie Obateru, NNPC spokesman said this in a statement made available to 9News Nigeria.

The corporation in March disengaged some of its staff and appointed new top management officials.

This triggered criticisms from Nigerians, Niger Delta leaders and groups.

But the corporation is insisting that federal character was also a factor in the progression of the newly appointees.

23 Management Positions Appointments Under Buhari in NNPC By Region.

1) Group Managing Director (GMD), Mele Kyari.
2) CFO Finance & Accounts, Umar Ajiya.
3) CFO, Gas and Power, Yusuf Usman.
4) CFO, Corporate Services, Farouk Garba Sa’id.
5) CFO, Refining & Petrochem, Mustapha Yakubu.
6) Corporate Secretary/Legal Adviser Hadiza Coomassie.
7) GGM, Int,l Energy Relations, IER, Omar Ibrahim.
8] GGM, Renewable Energy, Kallamu Abdullahi.
9) GGM, Governance Risk & Compliance, Ibrahim Birma.
10) GGM, NAPIMS, Bala Wunti.
11) MD, NNPC Shipping, Inuwa Waya.
12) MD, Pipelines and Product Marketing, PPMC, Musa Lawan.
13) MD, Nigeria Petroleum Development Company, Mansur Sambo.
14) MD, Duke Oil/NNPC Trading Coy, Lawal Sade.
15) MD, PH Refining Company, Malami Shehu.
16) MD, Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company, Muhammed Abah.
17) MD, Nigeria Gas Marketing Coy, Abdulkadir Ahmed.
18) MD, Nigeria Gas and Power Investment Company Limited, Salihu Jamari;
19) MD, NNPC Medical Services, Mohammed Zango.
20) Director, Dept of Petroleum Resources, DPR, Sarki Auwalu.

21-23) One Chief Operating Officer position each for South West, South South and the South East.

Breakdown of Nigeria’s Crude Oil Producing zones.

  1. Akwa Ibom 504,000 bpd- 31.4%
  2. Delta 346,000 bpd – 21.56%
  3. Rivers 344,000 bpd- 21.43%
  4. Bayelsa 290,000 bpd- 18.07%
  5. Edo 33,000 bpd – 2.06%
  6. Ondo 60,000 bpd – 3.74%
  7. Imo 17,000 bpd – 1.06%
  8. Abia 11,000 bpd – 0.68%
  9. Northern zones = 0%

NNPC said many top management officers of the corporation were moved to new positions, while some were promoted based on their verifiable track records of performance.

Obateru said some “Chief Operating Officers, Group General Managers and Managing Directors of subsidiaries were affected in what some industry analysts described as the most objective placement exercise in the recent history of the National Oil Company”.

He noted that the changes saw the re-deployment of the erstwhile COO, Upstream, Roland Ewubare, to the Ventures and Business Development Directorate as COO.

NNPC said Ewubare’s position as COO Upstream was taken over by Adeyemi Adetunji, erstwhile COO in charge of Downstream directorate.

It added that Lawrencia Ndupu, redeployed to the Downstream, is a Physicist and renowned explorationist that has held many key positions.

Bala Wunti, the erstwhile MD of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company was appointed as the new GGM of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS).

The statement added that Lawal Sade, the new MD of the NNPC Trading Company, was the MD of NIDAS, a shipping arm of the company.

Then spokesman said the exercise retained Adokiye Tombomieye, from the South-South, as GGM, Crude Oil Marketing.

NNPC explained that the new appointments depicted a leadership determined to ensure placement of square pegs in square holes.

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