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Mele Kyari Is Nigeria’s New OPEC Representative, NNPC Signs Statement For Kachikwu


The Oasis Reporters

May 14, 2018

Ibe Kachikwu (left), Mele Kyari

As curious as it is that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is announcing the appointment of Mallam Mele Kyari, as Nigeria’s National Representative to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), industry watchers are wondering how the
Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu of the
NNPC would be announcing an appointment said to have been made by Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources whose relationships with the Group Managing Director of the NNPC is known to be frosty.

Has the deputy Minister of petroleum resources no public relations officer in the ministry?

Couldn’t this announcement have been made from the office of the Minister of Petroleum Resources himself?

However, the statement released on Sunday added that Kyari before the appointment was the incumbent Group General Manager in charge of its Crude Oil Marketing Division,

It noted that the new position required Kyari to lead Nigeria’s team to the OPEC Economic Commission Board (ECB) which precedes the bi-annual meetings of the OPEC Ministerial conference.

The ECB reviews the global oil markets and makes input from the perspectives of the individual member countries.

The corporation further explained that Mallam Kyari may also be required to provide any support to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and the OPEC Governor in the performance of Nigeria’s roles and participation in OPEC matters.

A geologist, Mallam Kyari is a quintessential crude oil marketer with prerequisite certification and outfield pedigree in petroleum economics and crude oil and gas trading.

According to News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, it says 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.

Under his watch, the Crude Oil Marketing Division has recorded noticeable transformation in the management and sales of the various Nigeria’s crude oil grades via an infusion of transparency and automation of the processes.

As excellent as his credentials sound, industry watchers equally noticed a similarity in surnames of President Muhammadu Buhari’s personal envoy on the NNPC board. This further goes to reinforce the allegations of nepotism in the national oil behemoth, and using the name of southern Nigerian born Kachikwu to announce a reinforced northernization policy of the oil corporation is mere window dressing.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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