President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointments of Dr Ibe Kachikwu as Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)and Prof. Umaru Danbatta as new Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
The appointments’ notice is contained in a statement issued by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.
The statement said that Kachikwu,from Onicha-Ugbo, Delta State, who, until his appointment, was the Executive Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Exxon-Mobil (Africa), was to take over from Dr Joseph Dawha, NNPC GMD.
It said Kachikwu started his working career with the Nigerian/American Merchant Bank before moving on to Texaco Nigeria Limited, before joining Exxon-Mobil.
It said that the new NNPC helsman holds a First Class Degree in Law from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the Nigerian Law School, Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Law from Harvard Law School.
The statement said Danbatta is to replace Dr Eugene Juwah, whose tenure expired on July 29, 2015.
It said that, Until his new appointment, Danbatta held top management and leadership positions at different times including Head of Department, Dean Of Faculty, Director, Centre for Information Technology, Chairman of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (Kano Branch), Deputy Vice Chancellor and Acting Vice Chancellor.
The new NCC chief executive who holds a Doctorate Degree in Electronic Engineering, is to take over from Dr Eugene Juwah, whose tenure expired on July 29, 2015, and holds a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications.
Danbatta, a specialist in Telecommunications Engineering and Information and Communications Technology, is also a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers with a meritorious career which saw him rising to become a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Electronics at Bayero University, Kano.
His appointment is for five years in the first instance.