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.
Senator Margery Chuba-Okadigbo brings 40 years of experience implementing strategic policies and leading complex, high-growth organizations and projects through rapid expansion across Nigeria. She is currently the Principal Partner of Margery C. Okadigbo & Associates, and was the Company Secretary / Legal Adviser at New Frontier Publishers (1988 – 2003).
Upon completion of her law degree at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1981, she was called to the Nigerian bar in 1982. Senator Okadigbo attended the prestigious George Washington University, USA where she obtained her Master's degree in Law (MCL) specializing in Comparative International Law & Negotiations. She is a Notary Public of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Further to her career development, she obtained professional certificates in high performance leadership, decision making, and strategic programs at renowned institutions such as Harvard University USA, Georgetown University USA, and The University of Chicago's Booth Business School USA.
Senator Okadigbo is a seasoned lawyer, negotiator, entrepreneur, and legislator who represented Anambra North Senatorial District as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 2011 – 2015. She was the Vice-Chairman Health committee and member of numerous committees, which include Judiciary, Environment, FCT, Aviation, and the Constitutional Review.
She was also a pioneer member of the Senate Committee on Nigeria Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Program (SURE-P) focused on strategically reinvesting oil subsidy savings into critical infrastructure programs and social safety net programs to improve socio-economic welfare.
As the Vice-Chairman Health committee, she played a key role in restructuring the healthcare industry by co-sponsoring the National Health Act 2014 (NHA 2014) and lobbied for bipartisan effort to improve the healthcare system in Nigeria.
She was appointed to the Board of the NNPC Limited in September 2021.
Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo hails from Kano State, and his academic achievements include: the best graduating medical student of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (MB:BS, 1989); recipient of the 1988/89 international Bursary Award from the Association of Common Wealth Universities, London. In 1994, he received a British Chevenning Scholarship Award to study in Leeds University, UK, where he graduated with
MPH-International with Distinction. He is a Member of the West African College of Physicians –
MWACP-PH, 1997. He is widely traveled, speaks three International Languages and has over 50 professional peer reviewed publications to his credit.
Sani-Gwarzo mni, MB: BS; MPH-Int; MWACP; NPOM, is a public health physician with in-depth knowledge and skills in diverse areas of public health, especially in the areas of policy, strategy, leadership, management, partnerships, as well as health & risk communications.
Sani-Gwarzo, mni was appointed a Federal Permanent Secretary and sworn-in by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on the 18th of December 2019. He was deployed to the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investments (FMITI). He was recently redeployed to the Ministry of Petroleum Resources on 3rd August, 2021 and resumed duty effectively on 6th August, 2021.
Aliyu holds a degree of M.Sc. in Financial Economics from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom in 2002. Aliyu also completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA Finance) from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1989 and earned a B.Sc. Degree Second Class Honours Upper Division (Quantity Surveying) in 1986 from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.
Aliyu Ahmed was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Federal Civil Service on December 18, 2019 and deployed to the Federal Ministry of Finance responsible for Special Duties. Subsequently, he was redeployed as Permanent Secretary Finance in the Federal Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning with effect from September 24, 2020. Prior to this, he was Director, International Economic Relations Department, Federal Ministry of Finance, Abuja, Nigeria February 2017-Novemeber 2019. Prior to this, Aliyu served as a Senior Advisor to the Executive Director responsible for Angola, Nigeria and South Africa at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC, USA from March 2011- February 2017, where he was seconded from the Federal Ministry of Finance. Previously, Aliyu also served at the World Bank Headquarters in 2007 as a member of the third cohort of the Voice Secondment Program (VSP). During his secondment under the VSP, Aliyu worked both at the IFC Headquarters in Washington DC and in the Sub-Saharan African Office of the IFC in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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, he 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.
He was appointed the Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC in July 2019
Mr. Umar Ajiya was born on March 12, 1965 in Isa town of Sokoto State. A 1987 holder of Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University and an MBA from the Lagos State University in 1998.
He started his working career in 1987 at Peugeot Automobile in Kaduna for the National Youth Service after which he joined Elf Petroleum Nigeria Limited (now Total Nigeria) in 1988 before leaving in 1991 to work as part of the pioneer staff of Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG). Whilst at NLNG, he held several positions including that of Treasurer, Finance Manager of BGT and then Marketing & Business Development Manager of NLNG before leaving for a cross posting to Total Gas & Power Trading U.K Limited.
Upon return to Nigeria in 2011, he joined NNPC to lead the commercial negotiations of the Brass LNG Sales & Purchase Contracts for NNPC and its Strategic Investors as General Manager Commercial LNG. He was elevated to the position of GGM CP&S in March 2016 and later moved to Petroleum Products Marketing Company (a Subsidiary of NNPC) as Managing Director.
He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited. (NNPC Ltd).
Chief Pius Oluwole Akinyelure Profile...
Chief Pius Oluwole Akinyelure is a certified accountant and oil industry technocrat. Following a 35-year career in both the Upstream and Downstream Sectors of ExxonMobil from where he retired as Executive Director, Finance & External Relations, he has continued to maintain interests across business, industry and politics.
His hobbies include travelling, listening to music, networking and philanthropy.
He was first appointed a member of the NNPC Board in 2016 and reappointed to the Board in June 2020.
Engr. Henry Iken-Obih holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree (B.Engr.) in Mechanical Engineering in 1986 from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree in Financial Management from Management Centre, University of Bradford, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.
He attended the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Plateau State, Nigeria for a Transformational Leadership training, the Lagos Business School Victoria Island for series of courses.
At various times, Engr. Obih attended top level management trainings and leadership preparatory programmes which includes EXXONMOBIL Learning & Professional Development Centre of Excellence- Retail Sales Situational Negotiation Skills Training in Belgium, Field Marketing Leadership and Programs in Italy, The Institute Of Directors -Company Strategic Direction Course as well as The Management School London/Institute of Directors London/ Beec Training.
At Mobil Oil, Engr. Ikem-Obih was the Executive Director, Retail, Execetive Director, Operations/Head, Customer Service & Logistics, Manager, Field Logistics, Manager, Aviation Operations. He also served in various committees ranging from Member, Mobil Oil Nigeria plc. Audit Committee, Chairman, Mobil Oil Nigeria Pension Board of Trustees, Chairman, Mobil Oil Nigeria Employees Savings Plan and Member, Executive Committee, Mobil Oil Nigeria.
Engr. Ikem-Obih was the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Downstream of NNPC from 2016 to 2019.
He was appointed to the board of the NNPC Limited in September, 2021
Dr. Tajuddeen Umar;s Profile...
Dr. Tajudeen Umar is a Petroleum Geologist with some 30 years experience in the oil and gas industry. He has held several positions in the public and private sectors ranging from purely technical to management and executive.
His last position in the public sector was that of Executive Chairman, Nigeria-Sao Tome and Principe Joint Development Authority. He also doubled as Executive Director, Monitoring and Inspections, of the same organization while serving as Chairman. He is presently an independent oil and gas consultant with business interests in various sector of the economy, specifically the Bank Note Industry.
He was first appointed a member of the NNPC Board in 2016 and reappointed to the Board in June 2020.
Mallam Mohammed Lawal....
Mallam Mohammed Lawal is an Engineering Procurement Specialist with over 35 years experience covering Design and Maintenance Engineering, Engineering Procurement (Supply Chain Management), Public Policy Administration and Politics.
This has seen him function meritoriously as a director in several public and private organizations across the country.
Mallam Mohammed who was reappointed to the NNPC Board in May, 2020 has been a board member of NNPC since 2016. He has extensive interests in politics and business. His hobbies include traveling, reading, photography, aviculture amongst others.
MRS LAMI ONAYI AHMED's Profile...
Mrs. Lami Onayi Ahmed has over 30 years working experience covering the entire value chain of the oil & gas industry.
Her quest for educational pursuit and continuous personal development has seen her bag three master's degrees in Physiology, Business administration and Social work.
Mrs. Ahmed is a successful businesswoman and philanthropist who is involved in several charity endeavours and humanitarian services across the country. She is an avid golfer with extensive interests across business, social work and politics.
She was appointed to the Board of the NNPC in June, 2020.
Barr. Constance Harry Onukwugha is a legal professional with over 28 years of experience in Corporate Law and Regulatory Compliance. A 1994 graduate of Law from the famous University of Ibadan (UI), she was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1995 and holds a Diploma in Human Resources Management from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), Nigeria.
Before her appointment as Member, Board of Directors of the NNPC Limited in September, 2021, Barr. Constance was on the Board of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), where she was the Chairperson, Committee on Staff and Establishment from 2017 - 2020.
At the State level, the legal luminary had served as the State Counsel, Ministry of Justice in Rivers State from 2004 - 2006.
She is a seasoned administrator, policy development and corporate governance expect.