Realistically, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company has been lagging behind in the area of proper administration spanning prudent management, consistency, good industrial knowledge and other viable areas for better administration. The NNPC for years has been run like a family business of which the Federal Government of Nigeria and other concerned stakeholders have vehemently condemned the activities of these unpatriotic leaders of the company who rather than directly or indirectly touch the lives of the people through the NNPC opted to create confusion, gnashing of teeth and regret for the citizenry.
However, with the arrival of Mr. Mele Kyari as the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, there seems to be a strategic turnaround in the organization of the company’s day-to-day activities. Mr. Kyari who arrived the NNPC with an intimidating and very rich profile is a thorough bred professional who knows what it takes to reawaken what seems like a moribund parastatal. As a professional geologist, Mele Kyari is known in the oil industry as a crude oil marketer with outfield pedigree in petroleum economics and crude oil and gas trading. With over 32 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, his tour of duty traversed the entire value chain of the petroleum industry.
As the GMD of NNPC, Mele Kyari knows of the importance and the volatile nature of the company as regards to the Nigerian economy, an economy that relies solely on oil for survival. He is in tune with the modern-day administrative trends and that is what he is inculcating into the work schedule of all the staff of the NNPC. This move has been very effective and is gradually working to the satisfaction of all and sundry involved.
Under his creditable watch and obstinate supervision, Mele Kyari has been able to ensure that the Crude Oil Marketing Division of the NNPC has recorded noticeable transformation in the management and sales of the various Nigeria’s crude oil grades via an infusion of transparency and automation of the processes.
The very brilliant, articulate and hardworking Mele Kyari is a 1987 Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree holder in Geology and Earth Science from the University of Maiduguri. Young and energetic Kyari did his National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) as a Well Site Geologist with the Directorate of Foods, Roads and Rural Infrastructure (DFRRI) between 1987 and 1988. Between 1988 and 1991, he worked with the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency before joining the NNPC subsidiary, Integrated Data Services Limited (IDSL), where he worked as a Seismic Data Processing Geophysicist in the Data Processing Department.
In 1998, Mr Kyari was appointed the Exploration Geophysicist Production Sharing Contract (PSC) of the National Petroleum Investments Management Services (NAPIMS) until 2004 when he became the Abuja Operations Manager of NAPIMS. In 2006, he was appointed the Supervisor PSC, Crude Oil Marketing Department (COMD) of the NNPC, from where he rose to the position of Head, and later Manager of Production Contracts Management of the COMD between 2007 and 2014. Kyari was appointed General Manager Oil Stock Management, COMD where he worked till 2015 before being appointed Group General Manager, COMD and later Nigeria’s National Representative at OPEC.
Today, Mele Kyari is a blessing to his generation and a source of inspiration to all other leaders who are vested with the responsibility of running and administrating the affairs of strategic companies like the NNPC which he has been able to single-handedly transform to the peak and placing the company among the highest cadres of national oil empires in the world. He has won several a wards in the cause of his career and he has also been honoured severally by his employer, the Federal Government of Nigeria.