The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), has congratulated Mele Kolo Kyari on his appointment as the Group Managing Director for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Naija News had reported earlier that Kyari’s appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari was made known in a statement released by Ndu Ughamadu, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Thursday, June 20, 2019.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr. Mele Kolo Kyari as the new Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC),” the statement read, adding that the appointment takes effect from July 7, 2019.
Kyari, who replaces Dr. Maikanti Baru as NNPC GMD, will be the “19th Group Managing Director of the National Oil Company,” the statement added.
Moments after his appointment, OPEC sent a congratulatory message signed by its Secretary-General, Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, to Kyari.
The message reads: “On behalf of the Members of the OPEC Economic Commission Board (ECB) and the staff of the OPEC Secretariat, may I convey our sincere congratulations on your recent well-deserved appointment as Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
“We wish you every success in this important and challenging role and many years of service to NNPC and the Country.
“This appointment has come as no surprise and is a testament to your exemplary record and exceptional performance over the many years you have worked for NNPC in a variety of strategic roles. You have earned the respect of your colleagues in the ECB where you have conducted yourself with gravitas and greatly contributed to the discussions and decisions of this body.
“May I conclude by wishing you health, happiness, and long-life of service to our great industry, to NNPC and to the Country. I trust you will remain a life long member of the OPEC family and will continue to be involved in the activities of this great Organization.
“I look forward to meeting you again soon, and I remain, with warm regards.”