Jonathan sacks NNPC chief Andrew Yakubu
President Goodluck Jonathan has replaced the top four executives at Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, his office said on Saturday, intervening in one of the country’s most powerful institutions and the source of 80 percent of government revenues.
Reuters reports that Joseph Thlama Dawha replaces Andrew Yakubu as NNPC group managing director.
Dawha previously held another executive role within the company.
Anthony Muoneke, a career lawyer, took up management at the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), the corporation’s development arm
While Aisha Mata Abdurrahman is the new group executive director of commercial and investment.
Attahir Yusuf takes over as group executive director of business development.
The President’s media aide, Dr. Reuben Abati, said the change was routine, declining to give further details.
Jonathan has come under intense pressure to clean up the country’s oil and gas sector after a public outcry over corruption and waste of the country’s vast energy wealth.
There was similar pressure at the time of the previous NNPC management change in June 2012, however, and critics say little has changed since.
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