A shake-up in the oil sector by President Goodluck Jonathan has led to the sack of Mr Andrew Yakubu from his job as group managing director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. The president has replaced him with Dr Joseph Thlama Dawha.
He has also appointed Mr Anthony Ugonna Muoneke as the managing director of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).
The president also appointed Ms Aisha Mata Abdurrahman as the group executive director, commercial and investment of the NNPC, and Dr Attahiru B. Yusuf as group executive director, business development of the NNPC
A statement by the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, noted that "all the appointments are with immediate effect".
The terse statement which the presidential spokesman made available to LEADERSHIP last night reads in part: "President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has approved the following appointments and changes in the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).
"The new Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Dawha, hails from Borno state. He has served previously as the Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production, NNPC, and Managing Director of Integrated Data Services Ltd (IDSL), a subsidiary of the NNPC.
"Mr Anthony Muoneke, the new Managing Director of the NPDC, hails from Anambra State. Called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985, 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)".