Mallam Mele Kyari

President Buhari has again ignored the Niger Delta in appointing the new Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC, a company which exists because of the crude oil and gas that abounds in the region. Rather he has appointed Mr. Mele Kyari from the Northeastern part of Nigeria as the new helmsman of the corporation.

Seven other top rank new operating officers were also appointed by the President for the oil corporation for a new phase of life which will witness a phasing out of the existing officers. Mr. Kyari is taking over from Dr. Maikanti Baru effective the 7th of July 2019. Others appointed as chief operating officers of the oil conglomerate are Mr. Roland Onoriode Ewubare (South-South) as the Chief Operating Officer, Upstream,

Engineer Mustapha Yinusa Yakubu (North-Central) as the Chief Operating Officer, Refining and Petrochemicals, Engineer Yusuf Usman (North-East), as Chief Operating Officer, Gas and Power, Ms. Lawrencia Nwadiabuwa Ndupu (South-East) Chief Operating Officer, Ventures, Mr. Umar Isa Ajiya (North-West) as Chief Financial Officer, Engineer Adeyemi Adetunji (South-West) as Chief operating Officer Downstream and Mr. Farouk Garba (North West) Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Services.

All appointments will become effective on the 7th of July 2019 according to a statement released by the NNPC Group General Manager Public Affairs Ndu Ughamadu.

Oil & Gas Facilities in the Niger Delta

A biography of the newly appointed GMD of the corporation Kyari revealed that he is by training a geologist. Before his new appointment, he was formerly Group General Manager, Crude oil Marketing Division of the NNPC and has since May 13, 2018, been the nation’s representative to the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC.

Kyari with this appointment becomes the 19th group managing Director of the NNPC. He is expected to be=ring his wealth of experience and knowledge in the crude oil management and marketing to bear in the company especially in areas of transparency and automation of production, distribution, and sales.

However, stakeholders in the Niger Delta has kicked against the appointment of another northerner to saddle the affairs of the oil corporation describing it as injustice and unfair to the region which enables the NNPC to exist as a corporation.

A youth commentator on Niger Delta affairs said without the Niger Delta there would be no NNPC, therefore, it is only equitable and that its Managing Director should be from the Niger Delta region. This he further reason will go a long way to assuage the region of the injustice done to it from the political class in Nigeria who have connived to rob the indigenes of their God-given wealth.