President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday appointed Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu as the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
He also appointed Prof. Umaru Dambatta as Executive Vice Chairman of Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC). He takes over from Mr. Eugene Juwah whose tenure expired on July 29, 2015. Dr. Kachikwu, who was the Executive Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Exxon-Mobil (Africa), is to take over from Dr. Joseph Thlama Dawha.
He hails from Onicha-Ugbo in Delta State and was a First Class Graduate of Law from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the Nigerian Law School. Kachikwu also has master’s and doctorate degrees in law from the Harvard Law School.
He started his working career with the Nigerian/American Merchant Bank before moving on to Texaco Nigeria Limited where he remained for about eight years before joining ExxonMobil. Professor Umaru Garba Danbatta, who takes office as Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), holds a doctorate degree in Electronic Engineering.
The new NCC Chief Executive’s other academic qualifications include a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications as well as a Masters Degree in the same field.
He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and has had a meritorious career in which he rose to become Professor of Electrical Engineering and Electronics at Bayero University, Kano, specializing in Telecommunications Engineering and Information and Communications Technology.
Before his new appointment, Prof. Dambatta 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.
A statement by Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said Dambatta’s appointment as Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC is for five years in the first instance.
-Anthony Ailemen, Abuja