The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced top management changes in the national oil company. A statement from the company on Sunday said the move was part of the ongoing efforts to strengthen and reposition the corporation for greater efficiency.

The statement also stated that the changes are in line with President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s transparency commitments to governance.

In the latest redeployments, the Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division (COMD), Mr. Adokiye Tombomieye, was appointed as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO), upstream. The Managing Director of the Nigerian Gas Marketing Company (NGMC), Mr Mohammed  Ahmed,  has also been appointed as the new Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Services, following the retirement of  Mr Farouk  Sa’id,  last week.

The statement signed by the corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr Kennie Obateru, further said that the Chief Operating Officer, upstream, Mr Adeyemi Adetunji, has now been redeployed to the Ventures and Business Development Directorate as COO, following the voluntary retirement last week of Mr Roland  Ewubare.

The top-level staff movement also affected Mr Billy Okoye who has been redeployed from the NNPC downstream company, NNPC Retail Limited, as Managing Director, to replace Tombomieye as the Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division. Similarly, Mrs Elizabeth Aliyuda, the General Manager, Sales and Marketing, NNPC Retail Limited, takes over from Okoye as the Managing Director of NNPC retail limited.

Also, Mr Usman Farouk, Executive Director Asset Management and Technical Services at the NGMC takes over from Mr. Ahmed as Managing Director.

The NNPC spokesman said that President Buhari has accepted the resignation of Mr  Ewubare, who was the immediate past Chief Operating Officer, Ventures and New Busines Directorate of the national oil company.

He also said that the retirement of the immediate past Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Services, Mr  Sa’id had also received the approval of the president who thanked the two former COOs for their meritorious service to the corporation.

The spokesman quoted the NNPC helmsman, Mr Mele Kyari, saying that the new appointments would enable the corporation live up to the expectation of her shareholders, Nigerians.

Kyari noted that it will also give impetus to the ongoing restructuring within the corporation, which he said was in line with the corporate vision of Transparency, Accountability and Performance Excellence (TAPE).

Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja

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