STAKEHOLDERS in the oil and gas sector and others have continued to mourn the late former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru, noting that he is a great loss to the oil and gas sector.
One of Baru’s former subordinates and former Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, described Baru’s death as a great loss to the oil and gas sector.
Ughamadu said, “Baru was a good boss and a pillar in the industry, he was a nice and hardworking boss that discharged his official responsibilities with professionalism laced with fear of God.
“He achieved a lot for the oil industry and Nigeria at large and was one of the best GMDs of NNPC and one of the best bosses l worked with.
“A good man is gone! An intellectual of the industry is gone to the great beyond. May God rest his soul.”
The Gombe State Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Muhammad Magaji, said “we truly have lost a pillar and a devout Muslim. He served Nigeria meritoriously and did so much for his community.
“We pray that Allah grants him the highest level in Jannah, aameen.”
In his tribute, the former President of the Nigerian Association of Energy Economists, Prof. Wunmi Iledare, said that Baru would be missed deeply in the energy sector, adding “the world is a stage and everybody is a player. He has played his part to the best of his ability. May the good Lord comfort his family.”
Baru, a Mechanical Engineer, was the 18th GMD of the Corporation. Aged 60, he was at the helm of the Corporation for three years, from July 4, 2016 to July 7, 2019.
The Bauchi State born engineer, attended Federal Government College, Jos, obtained a bachelor of engineering degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1982 and a doctorate in Computer Aided Engineering from the University of Sussex.