New Profiles of NNPC board members appointed by Nigeria’s President Buhari Explained

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday named a new board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. A lot of Nigerians are unhappy with this new development.

Here are the profiles of some of members of the board.

Board Chairman – Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu

Until his appointment as Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Kachikwu was the Executive Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Exxon Mobil (Africa).

A first class graduate of law from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and the Nigeria Law School, he also holds 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 from where he joined Exxon-Mobil.

GMD NNPC – Maikanti Baru

Before his appointment as the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru worked variously in both the Upstream and Downstream Sectors of oil and gas industry.

He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained First Class (Honours) degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical engineering.


Until his appointment, he was the Group Executive Director, Exploration & Production of the corporation.

Other positions he held includes Group General Manager of Greenfield Refinery Projects, Managing Director of Hyson, Executive Director of Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), General Manager – Gas Division of NAPIMS, Manager – Operations, Procurement Management Services and Manager – Engineering for National Engineering and Technical Company Limited (NETCO).

He was also the NNPC’s Chief Technical Negotiator on the West African Gas Pipeline project from July 1999 to April 2004; Chairman of NNPC Anti – Corruption Committee since September 2004 till date; and has relentlessly sensitized staff on obligations and laws on corruption and corrupt practices.


Mr. Baru is a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE) and a recipient of the Presidential Merit Award of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers. He is married with children.

Abba Kyari

Abba Kyari, the new Chief of Staff to the President holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Warwick in Law and Sociology.

He has worked with the New Nigeria Development Company, New Africa Holdings, African International Bank, United Bank for Africa, Unilever, and Mobil in various capacities over the years.

Mr. Kyari was appointed the Chief of Staff to President Buhari on August 27, 2015.

Mahmoud Isa-Dutse

The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Finance; Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, was appointed the permanent secretary for the Federal Ministry of Finance on November 10, 2015.

A graduate of Economics from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Mr. Isa-Dutse also has a Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania in the United States and a PhD in Corporate Governance from the Manchester Business School in the UK.

A professional banker with years of experience spanning over 20 years, he currently sits on the board of Access Bank Plc and Northern Nigeria Flour Mills Plc as a non-executive director; a Director of Northern Nigeria Flour Mills Plc, Kano.

He retired in 2002 as an Executive Director at United Bank of Africa Plc where he was at various times in charge of Credit Risk Management, Investment Banking and Corporate Banking; Chairman and member of the Board Risk Management Committee(Chairman); Member, Board Credit and Finance Committee and Member, Board Audit Committee.

Pius Akinyelure

Mr. Akinyelure retired as the executive director of Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc. An industrialist and businessman, Mr. Akinyelure has interests in various companies operating in the shipping, insurance, banking, oil and gas sectors of the Nigerian economy.

He is the chairman/Director of many blue chip companies, including United Courier Limited.

Tajuddeen Umar

Mr. Umar is the former chairman of the Joint Development Authority (JDA), an exclusive economic zone overlapping Nigeria’s maritime boundaries and law and Nigeria’s exclusive economic zone.


Written by How Africa

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