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Shakeup at NNPC: Port Harcourt, Warri refineries get new helmsmen

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has redeployed some key officials in a shakeup meant to achieve a new strategic fit for the state-owned oil giant. The corporation also appointed new helmsmen for Port Harcourt and Warri refineries.

The Acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of NNPC, Mr. Fidel I. Pepple, in a statement,  said the changes were part of its bid to reposition the corporation and its key Strategic Business Units.
Pepple  said the management of the NNPC had approved the appointment of Ian Udoh and Paul Obelley as the new Managing Directors of Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC) and Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC). They are both engineers.

A number of other management staff were promoted while others were redeployed. All the appointments are with immediate effect.
According to the statement,  some of those promoted to include Farouk Ahmed, formerly Executive Director, Commercial, Pipeline Products Marketing Company (PPMC), now Managing Director of  NIDAS; Mr. Samuel Babatunde, formerly Executive Director Operations of the WRPC, now Project Director Olokola Liquefied Natural Gas Project.

Others are Mr. Abdullahi Dandume, formerly Executive Director Operations, Nigerian Engineering and Technical Company (NETCO), now Managing Director NETCO; Aliyu Z. Sambo who was General Manager M&P now Group General Manager Accounts and Aholu Don Beks promoted as Group General Manager Information Technology Division from his previous position of General Manager Information Services Department. Dr. Edwin Bako was elevated to the  post of  Group General Manager Medical; Mr. Sylvester Idemudia as Group General, Manager Greenfield Refineries; and Okhes K. Jonathan as Group General Manager, Power; Benjamin Obaigbena as Group General Manager, Research and Development; and Dan Efebo as Group General Manager, Human Resources.

Those redeployed include Gabidon Meheux, formerly Senior Technical Assistant to the Honourable Minister of Petroleum Resources, now Managing Director, NNPC Services; Chris Osarrunwese formerly Group General Manager Human Resources, now Group General Manager (GGM) Downstream Business Development; and Mr, Bayo Ibirogba, formerly Group General Manager,  Greenfield Refineries, now Group General Manager, Engineering.