The outgoing Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru, has urged his successor, Malam Mele Kyari, to exceed the milestones recorded by his management.
A statement issued by Mr Ndu Ughamadu, NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, on Sunday in Abuja said Baru gave the charge while receiving Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno, who led a delegation from the state on a courtesy visit to him.
He expressed optimism that Kyari, as a thoroughbred professional and product of the NNPC system, would deploy his cognate experience, expertise and exposure to deliver greater achievements.
Baru noted that the incoming GMD played critical roles in delivering various projects that had reformed the corporation within a short period, adding that being part of the corporation’s new vision, Kyari is in a vantage position to perform better.
“We came in at a time when the country was experiencing low production, low staff morale and high rate of pipeline vandalism. However, we worked hard as a team, surmounted the challenges and finished strong.
“I am, therefore, glad that one of us, with professional competence and experience, will be taking over from me,” he said.
Commenting, Zulum congratulated Kyari on his appointment and expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for finding a son of Borno State worthy of the honour.
He called on the GMD-designate to discharge his duties to the best of his ability without compromising national interest.
The governor appreciated the outgoing GMD for his mentor-ship and training that had prepared Kyari for the enviable position in the nation’s largest oil and gas company.
Zulum commended the smooth and unique hand over process, emphasising that the privilege pointed to the integrity of Baru.
NAN reports that Buhari had, on June 20, announced the appointment of Kyari as the new GMD of NNPC.
NAN also reports that Kyari is scheduled to assume duty on July 8 after Baru’s retirement from service on July 7.