Mr. Emmanuel Kachikwu, Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), said on Friday that he sees his appointment as a serious national assignment and called on well-meaning individuals for support instead of sponsoring congratulatory advertisements for his appointment.
Kachikwu, in a statement by the NNPC, therefore appealed to friends and well-wishers to stop placing congratulatory adverts for him in the media.
He said he sees his appointment as a serious national assignment that does not require the frivolity of congratulatory adverts and the celebration they connote.
He added that he would rather appreciate that friends and well-wishers support him with their prayers for divine guidance to carry out the onerous task ahead.
Kachikwu was appointed Tuesday by President Muhammdu Buhari as the Chief Executive Officer of NNPC, making him the 17th Group Managing Director of the Corporation.
Prior to his appointment, Kachikwu who took over from Dr Joseph Dawha, was the Executive Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Exxon-Mobil (Africa).
He is a First Class graduate of Law from University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the Nigeria Law School. He also has Masters’ and Doctorate degrees in Law from Harvard Law School.
He started his working career with the Nigerian/American Merchant Bank before moving on to Texaco Nigeria Ltd where he remained for about eight years before joining ExxonMobil.
Barely 24 hours after his appointment, Kachikwu relieved the eight Group Executive Directors (GEDs) of NNPC of their appointments with immediate effect.
The GEDs who were relieved of their duties were: Mr. Bernard Otti, Finance and Accounts; Dr. Timothy Okon, Exploration and Production who also doubles as Coordinator Corporate Planning & Strategy and Mr. Adebayo Ibirogba, Engineering and Technology.
Others are: Dr. David Ige, Gas and Power; Ms. Aisha Abdurrahman, Commercial and Investment; Dr. Dan Efebo, Corporate Services; Engr. Ian Udoh, Refining & Petrochemicals and Dr. Attahiru Yusuf, Business Development.
Kachikwu, who personally conveyed the Federal Government’s decision to the retiring Group Executive directors expressed gratitude to them for their services to the corporation and wished them success in their future endeavours.
The sledge-hammer was also meant to hit all the subsidiary chief executives, but the decision was suspended following further instructions from the Presidency.
The NNPC Group comprises the following subsidiaries: Duke Oil Nigeria Limited; Hydrocarbon Services Nigeria Limited, Hyson; International Data Services Limited, IDSL; Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company, KRPC; Nigerian Engineering Technical Company, NETCO; Nigerian Gas Company, NGC and the National Petroleum Development Company, NPDC.
Others are the National Petroleum Investment Marketing Services, NAPIMS; Port Harcourt Refining Company, PHRC; Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, PPMC and Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC).