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Baru urges successor to surpass milestone

The outgoing Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru, has urged his successor, Malam Mele Kyari, to exceed the milestones recorded while on office.

Dr Baru stated this when Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno, led a delegation from the state on a courtesy visit to him in Abuja.

He expressed optimism that Kyari, as a thoroughbred professional and product of the NNPC system, would deploy his cognate experience, expertise and exposure to deliver greater achievements.

“We came in at a time when the country was experiencing low production, low staff morale and high rate of pipeline vandalism.

However, we worked hard as a team, surmounted the challenges and finished strong.

“I am, therefore, glad that one of us, with professional competence and experience, will be taking over from me,” he said.

Governor Zulum congratulated Kyari on his appointment and expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for finding a son of Borno State worthy of the honour.

He called on the GMD-designate to discharge his duties to the best of his ability without compromising national interest.

President Buhari had, on June 20, announced the appointment of Kyari as the new GMD of NNPC.

Malam Kyari is scheduled to assume duty on July 8 after Dr Baru’s retirement from service on July 7.

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