Jonathan Sacks NNPC Boss, Appoints Replacement

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President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday sacked the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Andrew Yakubu.

The Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Reuben Abati, said in a statement that a replacement, Joseph Dawha, was appointed to take over from him immediately.

Mr. Abati also said the President also approved the appointment of Anthony Muoneke as the Managing Director, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, more than five months after the seat became vacant.

Also appointed for the NNPC were Aisha Abdurrahman as the Group Executive Director, Commercial and Investment, while Attahiru Yusuf,  formerly Group Executive Director, Commerce & Investments, takes over from her as Group Executive Director, Business Development, NNPC.

Ms. Abdurrahman was, until her appointment Group Executive Director, Business Development.

Mr. Abati said all the appointments take immediate effect.

Until his appointment, the new Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr. Dawha, who hails from Borno state, served as the acting Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production, NNPC.

He was also formerly the Managing Director of Integrated Data Services Limited, IDSL, a subsidiary of the NNPC.

The new Managing Director of the NPDC, Mr. Muoneke, who hails from Anambra state, is a lawyer, who was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985.

A legal expert with over 29-year experience as oil and gas lawyer, Mr. Muoneke who has practiced at both local and international levels in both the energy and power sectors, was the Executive Director, Finance & Administration, Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited, NDPHC.

Mr. Yakubu, who was appointed in July 2012, succeeded the former GMD, Austen Oniwon.

After his assumption of office, Mr. Yakubu was said to have worked to maintain the production capacity at an average level of about 2.3 million barrels per day despite the challenges of pipeline vandalism.

Other achievements credited to him include the successful completion of the divestment processes and assignment of equity to the NPDC, the upstream subsidiary of the Corporation and the completion of Seismic Processing Centre in Port Harcourt by the IDSL as well as the successful restoration of operations at the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company, WRPC, after a two-year closure.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Yakubu served as Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production; Managing Director, WRPC; Executive Director, Operations, NETCO; Executive Director, Operations, Nigerian Gas Company, and General Manager, Engineering Technical Services, Engineering and Technology Division, ETD.

He was also Manager, JV Oil Facilities, National Petroleum Investment Management Services, NAPIMS; Manager, East Area Oil Development Project, Mobil Producing Nigeria JV; Manager, Yoho Oil Development Project, Mobil Producing Nigeria JV as well as Manager, Bonny Terminal Rehabilitation Project.

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