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President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, appointed a new Group Managing Director for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the person of Dr. Mele Kyari. 

Kyari will be taking over from the outgoing GMD of the NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, on 7 July, 2019. 

Mele Kyari is not related to Abba Kyari, President Buhari’s Chief of Staff. While the former is of Kanuri tribe, the latter is Shuwa tribe.

Who is Mele Kyari?

*Mele Kyari was born on the 8th of January 1965 in Maiduguri, Borno State. 

*He attended Government Community Secondary School Biu in Borno State from 1977 to 1982. 

*Mr. Kyari graduated from University of Maiduguri in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Geology. 

*He was Nigeria’s Representative at the OPEC before his appointment as NNPC GMD

*Within the last 26 years Kyari has traversed the entire value chain of the petroleum industry posting resounding performance in all his assignments and duty posts.

*In 2007 Kyari won the GMD Prize for the Overall Best Performance for NNPC Management Development Program

*In 2007 he was also awarded GED CS Award for best Performance in Leadership

*He has participated in various deepwater projects across the globe.

*Kyari as head of Crude Oil Marketing Division of the NNPC has ensured optimum determination and secured government’s equities and entitlements of crude oil, Natural Gas Liquids, NGL, Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LPG production from various fiscal arrangements.

COURTESY: TheWhistler