Sack Looms At NNPC

Sack Looms At NNPC

By Jonathan Ipaa, Abuja

Nigerians continue to groan under another round of fuel scarcity that has defied every solution. Owing to this, plans have been concluded to effect a major shake-up within the system.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, management is in another mess over its inability to halt the perennial fuel scarcity across the country months of a presidential grace. It’s inactions have thus brought it to its Waterloo as the presidency has concluded plans to replace the AlhajiMaikantiKachallaBaru led management with a new team.

AljazirahNigeria reliably gathered in Abuja that the lingering crisis coming in at an election year is not only embarrassing President Muhammadu Buhari and his ruling All Progressives Congress, APC government but has portentous political venoms before an already beatten population.

Upon resumption of office, the Baru led team had announced major restructuring in its operations with the appointment and redeployment of 55 key executives in its refineries and services subsidiaries. DrMaikantiBaru, at the time said the new appointments would not only help to position the corporation for the challenges ahead but also help fill the gaps created due to statutory retirement of staff.

Under the new arrangement which was largely criticised as “a nepotistic reshuffle” by stakeholders, Mr. Roland Ewubare, formerly, the Managing Director of Integrated Data Services Limited, IDSL, had been moved to the National Petroleum Investment Management Services, NAPIMS, as the new Group General Manager, while DiepriyeTariah, former Group General Manager and Senior Technical Assistant to the NNPC GMD takes over from Ewubare as MD of IDSL. It added that Malami Shehu, Executive Director Operations, of the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company, KRPC, was appointed Managing Director of  Port Harcourt Refining Company, PHRC, while Adewale Ladenegan, former MD of Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company, WRPC, was moved to KRPC to assume duty as MD.

Muhammed Abah, who until recently was Executive Director Operations of WRPC succeeds Ladenegan as MD of Warri Refinery. Mr. Farouk Ahmed the retired MD of Nigerian Products Marketing Company, NPMC, was replaced by Alhaji Umar Ajiya, a former GGM in charge of Corporate Planning and Strategy, CP&S, has now been appointed as MD of NPMC while BalaWunti, former General Manager, Downstream, GMD’s Office takes charge as GGM CP&S. Other changes, the NNPC said, include Usman Yusuf, who took over as GGM/STA to the GMD; Adeyemi Adetunji confirmed as MD NNPC Retail alongside Mr. Bola Afolabi, who now functions as GGM in charge of Research and Development Division of the corporation respectively.

Also on Baru’s reformative list was Mrs. Ahmadu-Katagum, Baru’s nephew from Bauchi was appointed the GGM (Shipping) in the Downstream Autonomous Business Unit, ABU, while KallamuAbdullahi takes over as the GGM in charge of the Renewable Energy Division in the Downstream ABU. “Mr. Shaibu Musa was promoted MD of the NNPC Medical Services Limited while Ibrahim Birma is the new GGM in charge of the Corporation’s Audit Division.

According to Baru, this was all he needed to reposition the largest oil firm in black Africa.

But hardly had he settled down to work that crisis involving the  $26.9bn contract award of importing refined petrol brew out.

The man who recommended Baru to replace him as the GMD, the Minister of state for petroleum, Dr. IbeKachukwu blew wide the scandalous whistles. The minister of state who doubles as the chairman of the NNPC board, leaked a letter he had written to the president on Baru’s alleged shoddy deals.

Since then, things have refused to work well even as commuters groan in pains over preventable scarcity both at the depots and filling stations across the country.

The president after weighing all the possible options, has decided to shake up the place.

Aljazirah Nigeria sources from the security outfits,  revealed that the Executive Director of Operations at the Kaduna Refining and Petrol Chemicals Company,  Engr. Shehu Malami, is being scrutinised for the NNPC top job.

Engr. Malami, the son of the Sokoto powerful power broker and Nigerian Ambassador to Saudi, Ambassador Shehu Malami, was pushed forward for consideration.

Though, the presidency’s response on the faith of Baru is not clear, but an unconfirmed source informed he may be further arraigned to answer charges on the award of oil contracts last year.

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