NNPC says appointment of top management officials based on merit

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The spokesman for the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Kennie Obateru, said on Sunday that the recent appointment of top management officials was based on merit and to reflect the principle of federal character.

Niger Delta leaders and some Nigerians had reportedly criticized the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) over the new appointment.

Obateru said many top management officers of the corporation were moved to new positions, while some were promoted based on their verifiable track records of performance.

He explained that the new appointments depicted a leadership determined to ensure placement of square pegs in square holes.

He noted that the changes saw the re-deployment of the erstwhile COO, Upstream, Roland Ewubare, to the Ventures and Business Development Directorate as COO.

According to NNPC, Ewubare’s position as COO Upstream was taken over by Adeyemi Adetunji, erstwhile COO in charge of Downstream directorate.

It added that Lawrencia Ndupu, redeployed to the Downstream, is a Physicist and renowned explorationist that has held many key positions.

Bala Wunti, the erstwhile MD of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company was appointed as the new GGM of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS).

It added that Lawal Sade, the new MD of the NNPC Trading Company, was the MD of NIDAS, a shipping arm of the company.

The exercise retained Adokiye Tombomieye, from the South-South, as GGM, Crude Oil Marketing.

Recalled the corporation in March disengaged some of its staff and appointed new top management officials.

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