Wednesday, January 20, 2021

NNPC mourns pioneer MD, Festus Marinho - ITREALMS

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The management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) are in mourning due to the news of the death of its pioneer Managing Director,  Chief Festus Remi Ayodele Marinho, reports ITREALMS.

Reacting to the news, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, lamented the death of the pioneer MD.
Also in a press release by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, the NNPC management was quoted as saying that Chief Marinho, who passed away Tuesday, was the first and only Managing Director of the defunct Nigerian National Oil Corporation (NNOC) - the forerunner of NNPC - and the only one who served twice as Group Managing Director of NNPC having served from 1977-1979 and 1984-1985 respectively. 

His last appointment was made by President Muhammadu Buhari as Head of State.

In a condolence message to the family of the late NNPC boss, Mallam Kyari described Chief Marinho as “the Father of Oil & Gas Industry in Nigeria” because of the pioneering roles he played in the crafting of the institutional framework, infrastructural development and international best practices being used in the Corporation till date. 

“His role in refinery and pipeline construction and human capacity development are all testimonies of his contribution to national development,” Mallam Kyari stated.

He said Chief Marinho’s visionary leadership provided the foundation for what has come to be known as “Nigerian content”, adding that his achievements in the Corporation would be a beacon and inspiration for many future generations of staff and leaders. 

“He was indeed a rare gem and we will surely miss his wisdom and wealth of experience,” the GMD stated.

Uboshe Uboshe/Editor

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