President Buhari yesterday approved the appointment of Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru as the new Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
Here is a brief profile of Mr. Maikanti Baru
Dr. M. K. Baru attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in Kaduna State of Nigeria; where he obtained Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) with a first class honors. He also holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical engineering.
The presidency has appointed Dr. Maikanti Baru as newly constituted board Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) replacing Dr. Ibe Kachikwu. Until his appointment, Dr. Maikanti Baru was the Group Executive Director, Exploration & Production of the corporation.
Before his Recent appointment Dr. Baru had worked in various capacities in both the Upstream and Downstream Sectors of NNPC. These includes Group General Manager of Greenfield Refinery Projects, Managing Director of Hyson, Executive Director of Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), General Manager – Gas Division of NAPIMS, Manager – Operations, Procurement Management Services and Manager – Engineering for National Engineering and Technical Company Limited (NETCO).Dr-Maikanti-Baru-GED-Exploration-Production
During his initial stint with NAPIMS which spanned from July 1993 to July 1999, Dr. Baruexecuted several Gas projects which are utilizing billions of standard cubic feet of gas per day.
Several other ongoing projects were also conceptualized under his care. He planned the projects that would ensure flare-out by 2008 and made huge savings while overseeing the Joint Venture Gas Projects.
He was also the NNPC’s Chief Technical Negotiator on the West African Gas Pipeline project from July 1999 to April 2004.
Dr. Baru has been the Chairman of NNPC Anti – Corruption Committee since September 2004 till date; and has relentlessly sensitized staff on obligations and laws that govern corruption and corrupt practices.
Dr. Baru is a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers(FNSE) and a recipient of the Presidential Merit Award of theNigerian Society of Chemical Engineers. He is married with children.