President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Andrew Yakubu.
The sacking of the NNPC chief executive who has been reeling in controversy for sometime now, was announced this evening, in a statement from the special adviser on media and publicity to the President, Dr. Reuben Abati.
The statement, which did not give reasons for the sack, said the former Managing Director of Integrated Data Services Ltd (IDSL), a subsidiary of the NNPC, Dr. Joseph Thlama Dawha has been appointed to replace Yakubu.
Dr. Dawha, who hails from Borno state, had also once served as the Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production of the NNPC.
According to the statement, other appointments approved by the President were that of Mr. Anthony Ugonna Muoneke as Managing Director of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), Ms. Aisha Mata Abdurrahman as Group Executive Director, Commercial and Investment of the NNPC and Dr. Attahir B. Yusuf as Group Executive Director, Business Development of the NNPC.
It said that the new Managing Director of the NPDC, Anthony Muoneke hails from Anambra state and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985. It said that he has over 29 years’ experience at both local and international levels in the oil and gas as well as the energy and power sectors, including serving as Executive Director, Finance & Admin, Niger Delta Power Holding Company Ltd. (NDPHC). “All the appointments are with immediate effect.” [myad]