The Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari, has on Saturday, expressed shock over the sudden demise of is predecessor, Dr. Maikanti Baru who was the 18th Group Managing Director of the Corporation.
Baru passed on in an Abuja hospital on Friday night after a brief illness. He was 60 years old.
In a statement issued by Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, NNPC, Dr. Kennie Obateru, on Saturday, Baru was described as a “consummate engineer”.
“The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) regrets to announce the demise of its former Group Managing Director (GMD), Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru, Friday night,” the statement said.
“Dr. Baru, a consummate Mechanical Engineer, died after a brief illness, stated this in a release today.”
According to the statement, Kyari described him as a man of “exemplary character and disposition.”
Baru was at the helm of the Corporation from July 4th, 2016 to July 7th, 2019.