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Buhari appoints Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu as the GMD of NNPC, Danbatta to lead NCC

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu as the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

This was contained in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

Dr. Kachikwu, who was the Executive Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Exxon-Mobil (Africa), is to take over from Dr. Joseph Thlama Dawha. Dr. Kachikwu hails from Onicha-Ugbo in Delta State.

He is a First Class Graduate of Law from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the Nigerian Law School.

The new NNPC Chief Executive also has Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Law from the Harvard Law School.

He started his working career with the Nigerian/American Merchant Bank before moving on to Texaco Nigeria Limited where he remained for about eight years before joining ExxonMobil.

According to the statement, President Buhari has also approved the appointment of Professor Umaru Garba Danbatta as the new Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Prof. Danbatta, who holds a Doctorate Degree in Electronic Engineering, takes over from Dr. Eugene Juwah whose tenure expired on July 29, 2015.

The new NCC Chief Executive’s other academic qualifications include a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications as well as a Masters Degree in the same field.

He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and has had a meritorious career in which he rose to become Professor of Electrical Engineering and Electronics at Bayero University, Kano, specializing in Telecommunications Engineering and Information and Communications Technology.

Before his new appointment, Prof. Danbatta held top management and leadership positions at different times including Head of Department, Dean Of Faculty, Director, Centre for Information Technology, Chairman of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (Kano Branch), Deputy Vice Chancellor and Acting Vice Chancellor.

His appointment as Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC is for five years in the first instance.

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7 Comments
  • John Paul

    Round pegs in round holes, square pegs in square holes…

    Way to go, PMB !

  • tosin nwafor

    the CV of the NCC boss is more impressive than that of the NNPC boss. I hope the NNPC boss is up to the task. Lawyers are generally float successful business ventures. And he probably knows the in and out of the oil sector. I hope he balances the interest of his western exposure and ideology with that of our local content here. It would have been good to know the roles he played while at Texaco and Mobil. Overall, I want to trust PMB’s judgement on this very sensitive office. hehehehe I look forward to the change of management at NNPC.

    • moruti

      how can you say that. because he is academics, his CV is more impressive

  • Osanebi Osakuni

    I dey watch. It looks like Osibanjo or Osibande is solely holding forth for SW in Buhari government of ‘change’. He appointed 12 Northerners and remembered Niger Delta twice. Thus far Buhari managed to hire one from SW to be defending his tricks. Hahaha! Tinubu I sindon dey look and laugh o! Better positions don finish o! Every state contributes one minister o! Eehe!

  • agbobu

    GREAT AND VERY BOLD MOVE. MK KACHIKWU’S APPOINTMENT IS NOT THAT HE IS A PERSON OF IGBO EXTRACTION BUT BECAUSE HE IS A VERY QUALIFIED, VERY ABLE AND VERY COMPETENT PERSON. WHILE I CONGRATULATE HIM AND ALL NIGERIANS, I ALSO CONGRATULATE AND PRAISE PRESIDENT BUHARI WHO KNOWS WHAT IS GOOD, RECOGNISES IT AND IS ALWAYS WILLING, ABLE AND READY TO USE IT. THAT IS THE VERY GREAT ATTRIBUTE OF THE PEOPLE’S PRESIDENT BUHARI. –

  • atee

    THE NNPC APOINTMENT MAY LOOK SO GOOD ON PAPER BUT IT IS NOT A BRILLIANT ONE. YOU CANNOT COMPARE THIS APPOINTMENT WITH THAT OF THE NEW NCC HELMSMAN. THIS IS ONE REASON NCC HAS BEEN PERFORMING CREDITABLY SINCE INCEPTION. THE OIL INDUSTRY NEEDS A TECHNICAL PERSON TO CAPTAIN THE SHIP. THE NNPC ACT SHOULD HAVE BEEN CONSULTED. I THINK IT SPECIFIES WHO COULD BE APPOINTED A GMD. THE OIL INDUSTRY IS GLOBAL, NO DOUBT; NNPC NEEDS A VERY SOUND TECHNOCRAT WITH RELEVANT EXPERIENCE IN THE NIGERIAN OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY.

  • Okey

    Many thanks to President Buhari for halting the lie which had fast assumed the character of truth, to wit, that “Merit” is alien to the Igbos. Which is a white lie, for even Darkness knows fully well that if truly the name of the game is Merit, the Igbo will not be find at the rear.

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