Abuja, Nigeria | – The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday sacked all the eight group executive directors of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
The federal government commenced a massive shakeup in the corruption-ridden corporation on Tuesday after announcing a new Group Managing Director for the firm.
The sacking of the eight executive directors was confirmed by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Mr. Ohi Alegbe, on Wednesday in Abuja.
Alegbe, in a statement, said, “The Federal Government has approved the retirement of all eight Group Executive Directors of the NNPC with immediate effect.
“The affected GEDs are Mr. Bernard Otti, GED Finance and Accounts; Dr. Timothy Okon, Acting GED Exploration and Production who also doubles as Coordinator Corporate Planning & Strategy; Engr. Adebayo Ibirogba, Engineering and Technology; Dr. David Ige, Gas and Power; Ms. Aisha Abdurrahman, Commercial and Investment; Dr. Dan Efebo, Corporate Services; Mr. Ian Udoh, Refining & Petrochemicals; and Dr. Attahiru Yusuf, Business Development.”
The statement noted that the new GMD of the NNPC, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, personally conveyed the Federal Government’s decision to the GEDs.
He expressed gratitude to them for their services to the corporation and wished them success in their future endeavours.
The corporation, however, did not name their replacements, but our correspondent gathered that four new directorates might be created by the government, while some names were already penned down by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Sources at the corporation stated that the new offices include Directorate of Refining and Engineering, Directorate of Exploration and Production, Directorate of Commercial and Investment, and Directorate of Finance.
The restructuring at the NNPC and the sacking of its entire GEDs happened barely 24 hours after the President appointed Kachikwu as the oil firm’s GMD.