By: Babagana Bukar Wakil Ngala, Maiduguri.
The Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday confirmed the appointment of the Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mele Kolo Kyari, as the new Managing Director of the corporation.
Kyari a geologist with over 32 years experience in the oil and gas industry is the 19th GMD of the NNPC. He takes over from the incumbent, Dr. Maikanti Baru, who is due for retirement on July 7th, 2019.
A 1987 graduate of Geology and Earth Science from the University of Maiduguri, Kyari did his National Youth Service Corp NYSC with the Directorate of Foods, Roads and Rural Infrastructure as a Site Geologist between 1987 and 1988.
Between 1988 and 1991, he worked with the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency before joining the NNPC subsidiary, Integrated Data Services Limited IDSL, where he worked as a Seismic Data Processing Geophysicist in the Data Processing Department.
In 1998, Mr Kyari was appointed the Exploration Geophysicist Production Sharing Contract (PSC) of the National Petroleum Investments Management Services NAPIMS until 2004 when he became the Abuja Operations Manager of NAPIMS.
In 2006, he was appointed the Supervisor Crude Oil Marketing Department of the NNPC, from where he rose to the position of Head, and later Manager of Production Contracts Management between 2007 and 2014.
Mr Kyari was appointed General Manager Oil Stock Management, where he worked till 2015 before being appointed Group General Manager, and later Nigeria’s National Representative at Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC.