THE death of former Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru, has been described by OPEC as a huge loss to the oil and gas sector in Nigeria.
In a condolence message in Abuja on Saturday, the Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Dr Mohammed Barkindo stated that Baru was “a hardworking and committed person who believed in transparency and accountability.
“Dr. Baru was a good and hardworking professional whom l had absolute confidence in both as his colleague in NNPC and, later, as GMD. As GMD of NNPC, he repositioned the Corporation and the Nigeria’s oil Industry.
“He was workaholic, cerebral, humane, godly and kind-hearted.”
He expressed condolences to the family, the oil Industry and Nigeria at large, and prayed that God Almighty grant him peace.
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.