Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Dr. Thomas Maurice Asuquo John as acting alternate chairman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation [NNPC] governing board.
Dr. John, a former group managing director of the NNPC, was before the current appointment, a member of the NNPC governing board. A statement signed by the outgoing group managing director of the national oil company, Dr Maikanti Baru, said Dr Thomas John will hold the position of the acting alternate chairman of the NNPC governing board until a new minister of petroleum resources or minister of state for petroleum resources is appointed to assume the chairmanship or alternate chairmanship position, respectively in line with Sections1(3) and 2(1) of the NNPC Act.
Among others, Dr Thomas John was the pioneer manager, Kaduna Refining Petrochemical Company, pioneer manager, Eleme Petrochemical Company, Port Harcourt, group managing director, NNPC, president Nigeria Society of Chemical Engineers, non executive director, UBA Plc, Fellow, Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, and member board of the NNPC since 2016.
The statement said Dr John’s appointment is with immediate effect.