President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday
sacked the Group Executive Director, Exploration
and Production, Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation, Mr. Abiye Membere, and appointed
five new ones to fill existing vacancies.
According to a statement by the Special Adviser to
the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben
Abati, the new appointees and their portfolios are
Mr. Ian Udoh, Group Executive Director, Refining
and Petrochemicals; Dr. Dan Efebo, Group
Executive Director, Corporate Services; and Ms.
Aisha Abdurrahman, Group Executive Director,
Others are Mr. Adebayo Ibirogba, Group Executive
Director, Engineering and Technical; and Dr. Joseph
Dawha, Acting Group Executive Director,
Exploration and Production.
Abati said the appointments took immediate
Among the GEDs, the one in charge of the
Exploration and Production is one of the most
influential in the hierarchy of the NNPC because
the department is responsible for producing the
crude oil that is the mainstay of the Nigerian
It was gathered that some of the old GEDs had
retired from the corporation without the
government filling their positions, while some
served in acting capacities.
For instance, the former GED, Refining and
Petrochemicals, Mr. Anthony Ogbuigwe, and GED,
Business Development, Mr. Aminu Babakusa, were
said to have retired from the services of the NNPC.
The former acting GEDs, Corporate Services and
Engineering and Technical were replaced with
Those that retained their portfolios are the GEDs,
Commerce and Investment, Dr. Attahir Yusuf;
Finance and Accounts, Mr. Bernard Otti; Gas and
Power, Dr. David Ige; and Comapny Secretary/Legal
Adviser, Anthony Madichie.
Udoh, according to the statement, is a native of
Akwa Ibom State and has been the Managing
Director of the Port Harcourt Refining and
Petrochemicals Company Limited since November
He has considerable experience of managing the
nation’s refineries, having previously held the
position of Executive Director, Operations, at both
the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemicals Company
Limited and the PHRPC.
In addition, Udoh had previously served as a
general manager in the Refining and
Petrochemicals Directorate of NNPC.
Efebo, who hails from Bayelsa State, was until the
latest appointment the Group General Manager in
charge of the NNPC’s Human Resources Division.
He was previously General Manager, Human
Resources, Brass LNG.
Abdurrahman is a native of Kogi State and was the
Managing Director, Nikorma, NNPC’s shipping
She also served as Managing Director of Hyson, an
NNPC trading subsidiary; and as Executive Director
(Services), Pipelines and Products Marketing
Ibirogba, a chemical engineer, until now was the
Group General Manager, Engineering, NNPC’s
Engineering and Technology Directorate, and hails
from Ogun State.
He served at various times as General Manager
(New Business), General Manager (Gas
Development), and Group General Manager,
In 2010, Ibirogba became the first African to be
elected to the Board of Directors of the World LP
Dawha, who replaces Membere as Group Executive
Director, Exploration and Production, was
previously the Managing Director of Integrated
Data Services Limited.
He is an indigene of Borno State and has served
the corporation over the years in various capacities
in the upstream and downstream sectors of the
Meanwhile, the Managing Director, Nigerian
Liquefied Natural Gas, Mr. Babs Omotowa, on
Wednesday said the firm paid N220bn as tax on its
operational profit in 2013.
According to him, the firm prides itself as the
biggest tax payer and gas income earner in the
Omotowa said this in Abuja at the inauguration of
the company’s university support programme.
“Our corporate income tax will exceed N220bn per
annum, which is by far the highest in Nigeria and
sub-Saharan Africa,” he said.
He added that the NLNG had also commercialised
over four trillion cubic feet of natural gas to lead
the country’s aspiration for flare reduction at oil