NNPC Former Group Managing Director, Dr.Maikanti Baru

By Taiwo Okanlawon

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC has announced the death of its immediate past Group Managing Director, Dr.Maikanti Baru.

He passed on at 60.

NNPC GMD, Mele Kyari announced his death in a tweet on Saturday morning.


“My brother, my friend and my mentor, Dr Maikanti Kachalla Baru, immediate past GMD of NNPC died late last night,” Kyari said.

“He was of exemplary character and disposition. May Allah forgive him and have mercy upon him.”

Baru was born in 1959 and led a career in engineering. He attended Federal Government College, Jos for his secondary education where he graduated in 1978.

In 1982, he obtained his bachelor of engineering degree from Ahmadu Bello University. He went further to get a doctorate in Computer Aided Engineering from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom.

He rose through the ranks at the NNPC before he was eventually appointed to lead the organisation by President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2016, a position he held up until 2019.

Baru announced his retirement from NNPC in July 2019 when he clocked the age of 60.

“Today, having clocked the statutory age of 60, I have retired from the services of NNPC. I wish the new GMD Mallam Mele Kyari and his Team success. Thank you President Muhammadu Buhari for the opportunity to serve,” he tweeted on July, 2019.

He was the 18th GMD of NNPC.