Jonathan fires NNPC boss, Austen Oniwon, names Andrew Yakubu as replacement –

Jonathan fires NNPC boss, Austen Oniwon, names Andrew Yakubu as replacement - 1

President Goodluck Jonathan has fired the Group Managing Director of
the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Austen Oniwon, and other
top officials of the corporation. Mr. Oniwon was sacked along other top management of the corporation in a sweeping move by Mr. Jonathan.

The NNPC management has been involved in several scandals including the petroleum subsidy payment scandal.

Part of the recommendations of the Farouk Lawan committee report by
the House of Representatives is the removal of Mr. Oniwon and the NNPC
management. Mr Andrew Yakubu, an engineer, has been appointed Mr. Oniwon’s replacement….. Continue to read the full press release from the presidency on the new appointments

To further strengthen the ongoing reforms and transformation of
Nigeria’s Petroleum sector, and in furtherance of efforts to achieve
greater transparency  and accountability in government, President
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has approved the re-composition of the executive
management team of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)
as follows:

1.      Engr. Andrew Yakubu – Group Managing Director

2.      Mr. Bernard O.N. Otti – Group Executive Director (Finance and Accounts)

3.      Engr. Abiye Membere – Group Executive Director (Exploration and Production)

4.      Dr. Peter S. Nmadu – Group Executive Director (Corporate Services)

5.      Engr. Anthony Ogbuigwe – Group Executive Director (Refineries & Petrochemicals)

6.      Dr. Attahir B. Yusuf – Group Executive Director (Commercial & Investments)

7.      Dr. David Ige – Group Executive Director (Gas & Power)

The incoming Group Managing Director, Engr. Andrew Yakubu graduated
from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1979 with a degree in
Chemical Engineering. He joined the NNPC in 1980. Positions he has held
in the corporation include Managing Director of the Warri Refining and
Petrochemicals Company and Group Executive Director (Exploration and
Production). Engr. Yakubu is an indigene of Kaduna State and a Fellow of
the Nigerian Society of Engineers.
President Jonathan has also approved
the appointment of Engr. Victor Briggs as the new Managing Director of
the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).
The incumbent Group
Managing Director, Engr. Austen Oniwon, and Mr. Michael Arokodare
(outgoing Group Executive Director (Finance and Accounts), Mr. Philip
Chukwu, outgoing Group Executive Director (Refineries &
Petrochemicals), and Engr. Billy Agha, outgoing Group Executive Director
(Engineering & Technology) are to proceed on retirement.
Jonathan commends the outgoing directors for their service to the nation
and urges the new management team to be fully committed to rapidly
implementing the critical interventions needed to positively transform
Nigeria’s petroleum industry.

Reuben Abati

Special Adviser to the President
, Media & Publicity

June 26, 2012

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