Buhari drops Ararume as NNPC chair-nominee, appoints Okadigbo’s widow

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President Muhammadu Buhari has stepped down the appointment of Ifeanyi Ararume as Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited.

In his place, President Buhari appointed Margret Chuba Okadigbo as board chairman of the NNPC Limited.

Margret is the wife of the late former senate president, Chuba Okadigbo.

The special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, announced this in a statement on Wednesday.

According to Adesina, the Board’s Chairman is Margery Okadigbo (South East); Chief Executive Officer, Mele Kyari; and Chief Financial Officer, Umar Ajiya.

Other Board Members are Dr Tajudeen Umar (North East), Lami Ahmed (North Central), Mohammed Lawal (North West), Henry Obih (South East), Constance Marshal (South-South), and Chief Pius Akinyelure (South West).

Also appointed are Executive Commissioners of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission.

They include Executive Commissioner, Development and Production, Dr Nuhu Habib (Kano); Executive Commissioner, Economic Regulations and Strategic Planning, Dr Kelechi Ofoegbu (Imo); Executive Commissioner, Health, Safety, Environment and Community, Captain Tonlagha John (Delta); and Executive Commissioner, Corporate Services and Administration, Jide Adeola (Kogi).

The president also appointed executive commissioners of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission.

They are Nuhu Habib (Kano), executive commissioner, Development and Production, Kelechi Onyekachi Ofoegbu (Imo), executive commissioner, Economic Regulations and Strategic Planning, Capt. Tonlagha Roland John (Delta), executive commissioner, Health, Safety, Environment and Community, and Jide Adeola (Kogi), executive commissioner, Corporate Services and Administration.




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