President Muhammadu Buhari has with immediate effect appointed Dr. Thomas John, a former Group Managing Director of the NNPC, as the acting alternate chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

He takes over from the former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu and will be in the position pending when a new minister would be appointed for Petroleum Resources.

The appointment was made known by the NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru who in his statement said Dr. John, “will hold the position of the Acting Alternate Chairman of the Governing Board until a new Minister of Petroleum Resources or Minister of State for Petroleum Resources is appointed to assume the Chairmanship or Alternate Chairmanship position, respectively in line with Sections 1(3) and 2(1) of the NNPC Act.”

The new appointment takes effect immediately.”

Prior to his appointment Dr. Thomas John had been a member of the NNPC Governing Board.