Kyari Wins African Energy CEO Of The Year Award

Barely 48 hours after winning the 2020 Nnamdi Azikiwe Prize for Public Service Leadership Award, the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Mele Kyari, has won the
African Energy Chief Executive Officer of the year award.

Kyari was named as the winner of the coveted award on Tuesday at the African Energy Week Awards, held in Cape Town, South Africa

The award ceremony aims to celebrate the tremendous accomplishments and pioneering
work of some of the leading sector professionals and organizations driving the African Oil and Gas
sector to formidable heights.

The CEO of the year award recognizes the achievement of high-level executives that have
demonstrated outstanding leadership in their organisation.

The organisers of the award stated that since his appointment as the 19th Group Managing Director of the NNPC in July 2019, the industry has noted his outstanding
achievements towards successfully securing federation entitlements from production/fiscal
arrangements and resolution of various disputes on Petroluem Sharing Contracts.

Kyari has also been able to champion the Transparency, Accountability and Performance Excellence under his TAPE Agenda, with the successful
management of Direct Sales and Direct Purchase arrangement of petroleum products to
ensure energy security.

Kyari’s nomination, according to the organisers, serves as a recognition from the industry of his formidable
leadership and the contribution he has made to the betterment of the energy sector on the
African continent.

Kyari has also been responsible for turning around the fortunes of the NNPC from 37 years of losses into making its first profit in the 2020 financial period.

Speaking shortly after receiving the award, Kyari who was represented by Engr. Adokiye Tombomieye, Group Executive Director, Upstream, NNPC said his guiding principle in managing the Corporation has been the TAPE Agenda.

Tombomieye said, “He (Kyari) came up with a mantra of what he called the TAPE Agenda of Transparency, Accountability Performance Excellence.

“That has been his guide in all we are doing. For the first time in the history of NNPC we made profit and in 2018, 2019 and 2020, we have made public our financial statements to show transparency.

“I thank the organisers of the award for this and on behalf of the staff and management of the NNPC and Nigeria, we appreciate this award.”

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