Maikanti Kachalla Baru is an indigene of Bauchi State. He obtained
his West African School Certificate in 1978 from the Federal Government
College Jos and later bagged a First Class Honours in Mechanical
Engineering from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1982. He also
attended the University of Sussex, United Kingdom where he graduated
with a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering in 1987.
Between 1988-1991, he held various positions at the Jos Steel Rolling Company
Ltd. including Head Corporate Planning and Electrical Department while also
serving in several committees in the company.
He was the Manager National Engineering and Technical Company Limited (NETCO)
from May to November 1991. He became the Manager, Operations of Procurement
Management Services (PROMAS) from 1991-1993 where he saved the Corporation over
$70 million in six months of operation.
Thereafter, he served in NAPIMS as the Manager Gas Department for four years
and in 1997, he was appointed General Manager, Gas Development Division and
during his stewardship of the Joint Venture Gas Projects, they were able to save
over $575 million.
In July 1999, he was appointed as the Executive Director, Operations of the
Nigerian Gas Company, Warri where he was responsible for the smooth operation of
all the facilities in the Nigerian Gas Company ensuring uninterrupted gas supply
to customers such as NEPA.
He left this position in 2004 and was appointed as the Managing Director
Hyson (Nigeria) Ltd and under his stewardship; Hyson was introduced into the
domestic LPG business and grew rapidly raking in N24m in 2004, N164m in 2005 and
N400m in 2006.
From 2006 to 2007, Dr. M.K Baru was the Group General Manager, Greenfield
Refinery Projects Division where he was tasked with ensuring the smooth
execution of the feasibility study, design, construction and operation of new
refineries in Nigeria.
Following his good work there, he was appointed in 2007, as the Group General
Manager of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) where
he was responsible for ensuring the effective supervision of the nation’s
investment in the upstream of the Nigeria’s oil industry. This covered the six
joint ventures, sixty-two production-sharing contracts and other ad-hoc
Till his appointment as the Group Executive Director, Exploration and
Production, Dr. Baru was the Group General Manager LNG Division. In his
capacity, he handled the commercial and administrative aspects of the LNG
Investment Businesses. He was also the NNPC’s Chief Technical Negotiator on the
West African Gas Pipeline project and chaired the NNPC Anti-Corruption
In March 2016, he was appointed Technical Adviser (Gas Matters) to the
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and on July 4th 2016, President
Muhammad Buhari appointed him as the 17th Group Managing Director of the NNPC.
Dr. Baru has shown academic excellence over the years winning various prizes
such as the Shell BP Petroleum Prize for the Best Final Year Mechanical
Engineering Student and the Lever Brothers Prize for the Best Final Year
Mechanical Engineering Investigation Project at the Ahmadu Bello University,
Zaria. He has also attended prestigious institutions such as the Harvard
Business School, College of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Oxford, Columbia
University Business School, New York and the Stanford University’s Graduate
School of Business among others.
H.E. Chief Timipre Marlin Sylva is the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, as the Nigerian Cabinet Minister of State for Petroleum Resources. Prior to this current appointment, he has served as the Executive Governor of Bayelsa State of Nigeria for about 5 years. As Governor of one of the largest Oil Producing States in Nigeria, Sylva played a key role in the initiation and implementation of the Amnesty Programme that brought about peace and stability in the Niger Delta region. Born on the 7th of July, 1964, he had his secondary education at Government Secondary School, Brass and thereafter attended the University of Port Harcourt where he graduated as the best graduating student and valedictorian, with a distinction in English (Linguistics). He was subsequently awarded a Doctor in International Relations (Honoris Causa) by the University of Business and International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland in 2011. Chief Sylva had served as the member representing Brass constituency in old Rivers State House of Assembly in 1992 where he was the youngest legislative member. He was subsequently appointed as the Special Adviser on Political Matters to the Bayelsa State Governor, in 2000. He performed excellently in this role such that he was headhunted to serve as the Special Assistant to HRM Edmund Daukoru, who was the Nigerian Cabinet Minister of Petroleum Resources in 2003 where he had the dual role of assisting the Minister in his role as the President of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. In his current role as the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he has clearly mapped out nine priority areas that include curbing petroleum products cross border leakages, completion of the Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialization Programme, increasing crude oil production to 3million barrels per day, reducing the current cost of crude oil production by at least 5 per cent, aggressive promotion of the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, promotion of inland basin exploration activities, promotion of deep offshore exploration activities, collaboration with the private sector to aggressively increase domestic refining capacity and working assiduously to support President Muhammadu Buhari in his poise to achieving his target of raising millions of Nigerians out of poverty via job creation. In a further show of commitment to giving back, he served as a Chair of the Governing Board of the Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority, where he presided over policy matters and provided strategic leadership and direction. In 2018, he was charged with the responsibility of providing steer and direction for the Governing Council of the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State, as the Chairman and Pro-Chancellor. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the President of the African Petroleum Producers’ Organization. Chief Sylva is married to Alanyingi and they have three lovely children; Taria, Timipre and Pagabio. He is a mentor to several young minds and has committed his time and resources to inspiring and empowering a new class of Nigerians, especially in underserved communities, with essential skills and tools for self-development.
Mallam Mele Kyari comes to the job with a very rich oil and gas industry experience spanning over 27 years. A 1987 graduate of Geology and Earth Science from the University of Maiduguri, the incoming GMD served as a Well Site Geologist with the Directorate of Foods, Roads and Rural Infrastructure (DFRRI) between 1987 and 1988 under the National Youth Service Corps.
Thereafter, he worked with the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency between 1988 and 1991 before joining NNPC as a Seismic Data Processing Geophysicist in the Data Processing Department of Integrated Data Services Limited (IDSL) in 1992.
He also made his mark as a labour union leader when he served as the NNPC Group Chairman of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) from 1997 to 1999.
He was later appointed as Exploration Geophysicist, Production Sharing Contract (PSC), at the National Petroleum Investments Management Services (NAPIMS) in 1998 from where he was made the Head of NAPIMS Operations in Abuja in 2004. In 2006, he was appointed the Supervisor PSC, Crude Oil Marketing Department (COMD) of the NNPC, from where he rose to the position of Head, and later Manager of Production Contracts Management of the COMD between 2007 and 2014.
Mr Kyari was appointed General Manager Oil Stock Management, COMD where he worked till 2015 when he was appointed Group General Manager, COMD and later Nigeria’s National Representative at OPEC.
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Chief Pius Oluwole Akinyelure is a Certified Accountant and oil industry technocrat of many years standing. Following a stellar thirty-five year career in both Upstream and Downstream sectors with Mobil, from where he retired as Executive Director (Finance & External Relations), Chief Akinyelure continues to have extensive interests across politics, business and industry. Chief Akinyelure’s hobbies include travelling, listening to music, networking and philanthropy.
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