The rich profile of the new Group Managing Director for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kolo Kyari.
Kyari’s appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari was made known in a statement released by Ndu Ughamadu, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Thursday, June 20, 2019.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr. Mele Kolo Kyari as the new Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC),” the statement read, adding that the appointment takes effect from July 7, 2019.
Kyari, who replaces Dr. Maikanti Baru as NNPC GMD, will be the “19th Group Managing Director of the National Oil Company,” the statement added.
Born January 8, 1965, Mele Kyari, a geologist, rose from a relatively unknown a crude oil marketer in the oil industry to the position of the NNPC GMD with outfield pedigree in petroleum economics and crude oil and gas trading.
Kyari, whose professional experience spans 32 years, has traversed the entire value chain of the petroleum industry posting resounding performance in all his assignments and duty posts.
A creative, versatile professional with a strong educational grounding in Geology. Mele Kyari is from Borno State, northeast Nigeria and is not related to Abba Kyari, President Buhari’s Chief of Staff as touted in some quarters.
Mele Kyari’s Professional Qualifications and Education
The new NNPC GMD attended Government Community Secondary School Biu in Borno State between 1977 to 1982. He graduated from the University of Maiduguri in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Erth Science.
Male Kyai did his National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) as a Well Site Geologist with the Directorate of Foods, Roads and Rural Infrastructure (DFRRI) between 1987 and 1988.
Mele Kyari’s Work Experience
Kyari worked with the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency between 1988 and 1991 before joining the NNPC subsidiary, Integrated Data Services Limited (IDSL), where he worked as a Seismic Data Processing Geophysicist in the Data Processing Department.
Mele Kyari’s Appointments
The new NNPC GMD was appointed the Exploration Geophysicist Production Sharing Contract (PSC) of the National Petroleum Investments Management Services (NAPIMS) in 1998. He became the Abuja Operations Manager of NAPIMS in 2004.
Mele Kyari was appointed the Supervisor PSC, Crude Oil Marketing Department (COMD) of the NNPC in 2006, from where he rose to the position of Head, and later Manager of Production Contracts Management of the COMD between 2007 and 2014.
He was appointed General Manager Oil Stock Management, COMD where he worked till 2015 before being appointed Group General Manager, COMD and later Nigeria’s National Representative at OPEC.
Mele Kyari’s Professional Achievements and Areas of Expertise
The new NNPC GMD traversed the entire value chain of the petroleum industry within the last 27 years, posting resounding performance in all his assignments and duty posts.
He is also a unionist, and many have cited his activism as a trade unionist as a likely reason why he is an advocate for transparency. He is fondly called by other unionists as “grand chairman.”
Mele Kyari participated in various deepwater projects across the globe.
He led a team that proposed and managed the Direct Sales and Direct Purchase (DSDP) arrangement of Petroleum products from 2016 to date, a process that saved the nation $1 million in 2016 when compared with the previous crude SWAP arrangement with products.
As the head of Crude Oil Marketing Division of the NNPC, Kyari 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.
Mele Kyari’s Awards
The new NNPC GMD won the GMD Prize for the Overall Best Performance for NNPC Management Development Program in 2007
Male Kyari was also awarded GED CS Award for best Performance in Leadership in 2007
Mele Kyari’s OPEC Engagement
The new NNPC GMD was Nigeria’s Representative at the OPEC before his appointment as NNPC GMD.