Kyari Takes Over From Baru As 19th Group MD Of NNPC


Mallam Mele Kolo Kyari will take over from Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru as the 19th Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). 

The transition is currently ongoing at the amphitheater of the NNPC Towers in Garki, Abuja.

In attendance are some former GMDs including Dr. M.T. John, Chief Odoliyi Lolomari, Chief Festus Marinho (1st NNPC group GMD), Engr. Abubakar Yar’adua, Chief Chamberlain Oyibo, Engr. Funsho Kupolokun and Dr. Joseph Dawha.

Also present at the NNPC Towers is Dr. Isa Pantami, the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Nigeria, Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu and Special Assistant to President on New Media, Bashir Ahmaad.

Dr. Baru is handing over to Mallam Kyari, following the statutory retirement.




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Outgoing GMD @NNPCgroup @DrMKBaru mounts the podium to deliver his Valedictory Address. #BaruHandsOverToKyari #TransitioninNNPC


— NNPC Group (@NNPCgroup) July 8, 2019



Senate President Lawan Hails Kyari, Boss Mustapha’s Re-appointment

Ahmed Lawan


 The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, hailed the re-appointment of Chief of Staff  Abba Kyari and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Lawan, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mohammed Isa said the re-appointment was a confirmation of the confidence and trust the President reposed in them.

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He said, “the re-appointments of Mallam Kyari and the SGF by the President is an appreciation of their commitments and contributions to the President’s successes in the last four years.

“As key figures of this administration, the roles played by the Chief of Staff and the SGF in achieving the successes recorded so far by President Buhari cannot be over-emphasised”.

The Senate President urged the Chief of Staff and the SGF to use their renewed mandate to redouble their commitment, and deploy their wealth of experiences to assist the President in achieving his next level agenda.


Kyari, Oyo-Ita Embrace At FEC Meeting

The Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari and the Head of Service, Winifred Oyo-Ita have settled their differences.

The two officials were engaged in a heated altercation at the last Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, prompting speculations on the reasons for the bad blood between them.

The cabinet members embraced publicly just before the commencement of the Wednesday’s FEC meeting which is presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting is holding a day after the President presented the 2018 budget proposal to a Joint Session of the National Assembly.


Photos Of Kyari, Oyo-Ita In ‘Warm’ Embrace At FEC Meeting

The Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winnifred Oyo-Ita has embraced publicly at the commencement of the meeting of  Federal Executive Council at the State House in Abuja.

This is coming after the two top government officials were engaged in an altercation at the same venue last week.

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Oyo-Ita, Kyari In Heated Argument At Presidential Villa

Oyo-Ita, Kyari In Heated Argument At The Villa


A heated discussion was observed on Wednesday between two of President Muhammadu Buhari’s aides before the Federal Executive Council meeting commenced.

The argument occurred between the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari; and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, who appeared angry as she explained a point to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

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The hot exchange seemed to be a fallout of the leaked memo from Mrs Oyo-Ita to the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President on the embattled former pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina, warning of the implication of reinstating Mr Maina into the civil service.

According to the leaked memo, titled, “Re: Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina,” and obtained by Punch, Oyo-Ita claimed she had met President Buhari on October 11 and warned against reinstating Maina into to the service.

“Please, note that the OHCSF was never in agreement with the reinstatement and consequently never conveyed the approval of the FCPC to Mr A. A. Maina, nor approved his posting to the Ministry of Interior or any other MDA.

“Rather, I sought audience with His Excellency, Mr President on Wednesday, 11th October 2017 after the FEC meeting where I briefed His Excellency verbally on the wide-ranging implications of the reinstatement of Mr A. A. Maina, especially the damaging impact on the anti-corruption stance of this administration,” the memo said.


Consequently, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, reacted to the leaked memo on Wednesday in a phone interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

Mr Adesina said although he had not confirmed if the meeting truly held between President Buhari and Oyo-Ita, he would not make any comment until the HoS acknowledged that the memo came from her office.

“Let her authenticate what is in the public domain that it really came from her. When she owns that memo supposedly written by her, then we’ll take it from there,” he said.