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We have 60-days fuel sufficiency – NNPC



Nigerian National petroleum Corporation  (NNPC) has urged Nigerians not to engage in panic buying of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), as the country has adequate stock of the products to last for over 60-days.

Mr Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of the corporation, gave the assurance while briefing newsmen on Sunday  in Abuja.

Kyari assured that the NNPC had the support of all stakeholders to ensure adequate supply of petroleum products in the country.

He said: “There is absolutely no scarcity anywhere; our supply is robust, we have fuel that will last this country even for 60-days if assuming we do not import any.

“Of course people because of the pandemic, stay at home, may try to conserve fuel, there is no need to do this.

“Maintain your normal life, we have secured all assurances that trucks will be moving freely across the country throughout this period of difficulty and supply will be sustained’’.

He appealed to Nigerians no to flood fuel stations as there was no need for that.

Commenting on National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) order to petrol tankers drivers to vacate the depots, Kyari said that the corporation would continue to engage them.

“No restrictions; as we speak now loading is going on, trucks are moving around, no action like that will come to fruition,’’ he added.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Rabiu Sani Ali

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Sylva congratulates new NNPC board members



The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has congratulated the new members of the reconstituted Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Alhaji Garna Deen Muhammad, his Special Adviser on Media, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, on Sunday.

He said Sylva also praised President Muhammadu Buhari for the quality of his choices for the membership of the NNPC Board; as well as the timeliness of the appointment.

He assured the President of his readiness to work with the new Board to deliver on the key objectives in the Oil and Gas sector as set by the President.

According to him, the objectives include bringing down the cost of production of crude oil, eliminating vandalism, improving the National Crude Oil Reserve and passage of the PIB Bill, among others.

Buhari had on May 30 approved the reconstitution of the new NNPC Board.

The members are Mohammed Lawal (North West), Tajudeen Umar (North East), Adamu Mahmood Attah (North Central), Senator Magnus Abe (South South), Dr Stephen Dike (South East), and Pius Akinyelure (South West).

The minister is the Alternate Chairman of the NNPC Board, with the NNPC  GMD and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance as members.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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Gov. Okowa mourns former NNPC GMD, Maikanti Baru



Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on Sunday expressed grief over the death of  Dr Maikanti Baru,the immediate past Group Managing Director of  the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Okowa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Olise Ifeajika, described the late Baru as a renowned engineer, who brought his wealth of experience to bear all through the years he served at the  NNPC.

“As an astute petroleum engineer, Baru was a man of great wisdom and insight, who contributed immensely to the economic development of our country throughout his service at the NNPC.

“While serving as GMD he maintained oil production levels above two million barrels per day and increased crude oil production by NNPC flagship Upstream Company, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).

“He was also instrumental to the boosting of gas production which made NNPC the largest supplier of gas to power, and saving enormous financial resources through Direct Sale Direct Purchase (DSDP) scheme adopted for products import.

The NNPC under his watch reduced cost of crude oil production per barrel in the country from 27 dollars to 22 dollars and sustained petroleum products supply nationwide, thereby eliminating fuel scarcity in the country,” he said.

According to him, Baru will be sorely missed, especially for his outstanding accomplishments and innovations at the NNPC.

Okowa, who said the the news of Baru’s death came to him as a shock, expressed his condolences to the Baru’s family, Jama’are community, and Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I mourn the exit of a great statesman, Dr Maikanti Baru, who contributed immensely to the economic development of Nigeria when he held sway at the NNPC,” he said.

Baru, who hailed from Jama’are in Bauchi State, died on Friday, May 29, after a brief illness.

He was appointed the  18th NNPC’s  Group Managing Director on July 4th, 2016 and retired on July 7, 2019, at the age of 60..

Edited /Donald Ugwu

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IPMAN mourns Baru, condoles family, NNPC management



The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN),Kano chapter, has commiserated with the Management of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) over the death of its immediate past Group Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru.

The association also condoled with the family of Dr Baru over his demise.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Baru died after a brief illness and had since been buried according to Islamic rights.

The condolence message was announced by the association’s Chairman, Alhaji Bashir Danmallam, during a news briefing on  Sunday in Kano.

Danmallam also condoled with the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, over the demise of his predecessor, Baru.

He described the late Baru as a consummate technocrat who served the NNPC and the country with dedication and  fear of God.

He said that Baru’s absence would be greatly missed by his family, the NNPC and Nigeria.

The chairman prayed Almighty Allah to forgive his shortcomings and grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)


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Sylva, NNPC staff, others pay tribute to ex-GMD of NNPC Baru



The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva has described the news of the demise of the immediate past Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, as sad and shocking.

Sylva, in a statement signed by his media aide, Alhaji Garba Deen Muhammad in Abuja, on Saturday sympathised with the family and friends of late Baru

He described the former GMD, who died in the late hours of Friday May 29th, as a dedicated technocrat who would be greatly missed by the oil and gas community and the nation at large.

He prayed God to receive his soul.

Also, the former Minister of State for petroleum resources Dr Ibe Kachikwu described Baru as a gentleman.

“I just learnt about the demise of Dr Maikanti Baru, immediate past GMD of NNPC.

Dr Baru was a member of the NNPC board, which I chaired from 2016 to 2019.

“Last month, I called him to find out how he was settling down in retirement.

“I felicitated with him and his family.

He expressed his appreciation and I wished him well.

“Sad to learn about his death. My sincere condolences to his loved ones,” he said.

Kachikwu also prayed that God would grant his family and close friends the fortitude to bear the loss.

“May his soul rest in peace,” he added.

In his remarks on his twitter handle, Dr Fahad Taffaq UAE Ambassador to Nigeria said the death was a huge loss to Nigeria.

“I learned the sad news of the demise of my friend and colleague, Dr Maikanti Baru, the immediate past GMD of NNPC group.

“He will be greatly missed by us and the entire oil & gas industry.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May Allah (SWT) grant him Jannat Al Firdous, Amen!,” he said.

The former Chief Operating Offer NNPC downstream Henry Ikem-Obi said Baru’s death was painful.

” This is really sad …painful loss…a great leader …a fantastic boss …a good and humble soul …a sad loss …may his soul rest in perfect peace and may God bless and strengthen his family,” he said

Mr Sam Otobueze, former NNPC General Manager Security said Baru would be greatly missed in the industry

” The sudden exit of Dr Maikanti Baru, Ozo Igwe Ndu of Ibagwa-Nike, Enugu State is a great loss to the nation.

” He will be widely remembered for his humility, large heartedness, accommodating spirit, and above all, dedication to the service of God.

“He will be missed by so many people across different socioeconomic, cultural and religious divides for his blending and humorous spirit.

Adieu, the Ozo igwe ndu of Ibagwa Nike,”Otoboeze said.

Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Felix Ajide (NAN)



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Northern governors mourn former NNPC boss



The Northern Governors Forum (NGF) has expressed sadness over the death of the former Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru.

The Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau, Simon Lalong, in a condolence message described his death as a big loss to the nation.

Director of Press and Public Affairs to the governor, Dr Makut Macham, issued the condolence message on Saturday in Jos.

“The late Maikanti Baru was a thorough bred professional, who distinguished himself in his career where he contributed immensely to the growth and development of the oil and gas industry.

“He championed the implementation of reforms that left the sector more responsive to the energy needs of Nigerians, especially as it relates to the supply and appropriate pricing of petroleum products,’’ he said.

Lalong said the former NNPC Boss played a key role in the exploration of crude oil in other parts of Nigeria, particularly the Northern region which only recently found oil and gas in commercial quantity, awaiting further exploitation.

Lalong condoled the family of the deceased, the people and Government of Bauchi State and NNPC as well as friends and associates of the late Baru and prayed for God to comfort them.

The chairman also prayed to God to forgive the sins of the deceased and grant him eternal rest.

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Bauchi Gov. mourns ex-NNPC GMD, Baru



Gov. Bala Mohammad of Bauchi State has condoled the people of the state over the death of a former Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Baru died late Friday night in Abuja and had since been buried according to Islamic rites.
The governor’s condolence message was contained in a statement made available to newsmen by his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media, Mr Muktar Gidado, in Bauchi on Saturday.
He described Baru’s demise as a great loss, not only to Bauchi state and Nigeria, but the world at large.
“The entire people of Bauchi expressed shock over the death of Baru.
“He was a great and patriotic son of Bauchi State, who contributed immensely in exploring oil in the North-East zone of Nigeria.
“We will never forget his landmarks in building and renovation of schools in some parts of the state, in addition to the many empowerment programmes and projects he initiated,” he said.
Mohammed further stressed that the late NNPC boss was instrumental to the reforms that helped in making the oil sector in Nigeria more viable, particularly in ending the long queues hitherto, occasioned by fuel scarcity in the country.
“On behalf of my family and the good people of Bauchi state, I commiserate with Baru’s family and Nigeria for his demise. I pray for the repose of his soul and the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” the governor added.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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OPEC mourns ex-GMD of NNPC Baru



The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), says the death of Dr Maikanti Baru, former Group Managing Director of NNPC,  is a huge loss to the oil and gas sector in Nigeria.

Dr Mohammed Barkindo, Secretary-General, disclosed this in a condolence message released in Abuja on Saturday.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Baru died after a brief illness in Abuja as confirmed by the spokesman of NNPC, Dr Kennie Obateru.

Barkindo described Baru as a hardworking and committed person who believed in transparency and accountability.

Dr Maikanti Baru was a good and hardworking professional whom l had absolute confidence in both as his colleague in NNPC and, later, as GMD.

As GMD of NNPC he repositioned the Corporation and the Nigeria’s oil Industry.

“He was workaholic, cerebral, humane, godly and kind-hearted,” he said.

He prayed God almighty to grant his soul rest and expressed condolences to the family, the oil Industry and Nigeria at large.

NAN reports that Baru, 60, was at the helm of NNPC affairs from July 4, 2016 to July 7, 2019 when he retired.

He was born in July 1959 in Misau, Bauchi State, and attended Federal Government College, Jos, for his secondary education where he graduated in 1978.

He obtained his bachelor of engineering degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1982 and doctorate in Computer Aided Engineering from the University of Sussex.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Stakeholders mourn ex-NNPC GMD, Baru



Stakeholders in the oil and gas sector, including Mr Ndu Ughamadu, on Saturday mourned the passing of a former Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru.

Ughamadu, a former Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, described Baru death as a great loss to the oil and gas sector.

Baru died on May 29 and the development was confirmed by the current spokesman of the NNPC, Dr Kennie Obateru.

Ughamadu described Baru as his good boss and a pillar in the industry.

Dr Maikanti Baru was a nice and hardworking boss that discharged his official responsibilities with professionalism laced with fear of God.

“He achieved a lot for the oil industry and Nigeria at large and was one of the best GMDs of NNPC and one of the best bosses l worked with.

“A good man is gone! An intellectual library is gone beyond. May God rest his soul,” Ughamadu said

Also, the Gombe State Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Muhammad Magaji, said on his twitter handle that the late Baru would be remembered for his commitment to nation building.

“We truly have lost a pillar and a devout Muslim. He served Nigeria meritoriously and did so much for his community.

“We pray that Allah grants him the highest level in Jannah, aameen.”

In his tribute, Prof. Wunmi Iledare, former President of the Nigerian Association of Energy Economists, said that Baru would be missed deeply in the energy sector.

“This world is a stage and everybody is a player. He has played his part to the best of his ability.

“May the good Lord comfort his family,” Iledare.

Baru was born in July 1959 in Misau, Bauchi State.

He died at the age of 60 years, after serving at the highest echelon of the NNPC from July 4, 2016 to July 7, 2019.

He attended Federal Government College, Jos, and graduated in 1978.

Baru obtained his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Ahmadu Bello University in 1982.

He obtained a doctorate degree in computer-aided engineering from the University of Sussex in England.

Edited /Silas Nwoha

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Buhari mourns ex-NNPC GMD, Maikanti Baru



President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with family, friends and professional colleagues of former Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru.

The President, in a condolence message by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Saturday, also commiserated with government and people of Bauchi State, management and staff of NNPC over the passing of the former GMD.

Buhari noted that the deceased worked ”very hard to initiate reforms in virtually all departments of the of the corporation, bringing it up to speed with global trends and best practices.”

He also acknowledged Baru’s contributions to ensuring stability in the oil sector in Nigeria, with a more guaranteed supply and predictable price regime that weakened unscrupulous parallel marketers, especially during festive seasons.

The President prayed that the Almighty God would receive the soul of the departed, grant eternal rest, and comfort all who mourned him.

Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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