Kyari Mourns Festus Marinho, Pioneer MD of NNPC …Says His Achievements Will Be Beacon of Inspiration for Generations




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The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari, has lamented the death of the pioneer Managing Director of the Corporation, Festus Remi Ayodele Marinho.

A press release by the Group General , Group Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, stated that Marinho, who passed away yesterday, was the first and only Managing Director of the defunct Nigerian National Corporation (NNOC) – the forerunner of NNPC – and the only one who served twice as Group Managing Director of NNPC having served from 1977-1979 and 1984-1985 respectively. last appointment was made by Buhari as Head of State.
a message to the family of the late NNPC boss, Mallam Kyari described Marinho as “the Father of & Gas Industry Nigeria” because of the pioneering roles he played the crafting of the institutional framework, infrastructural and international best practices being used the Corporation till date.
role refinery and pipeline construction and capacity are all testimonies of contribution to national ,” Mallam Kyari stated.
He said Chief Marinho’ visionary leadership provided the foundation for what has come to be known as “Nigerian content”, adding that his achievements in the Corporation would be a beacon and inspiration for many future generations of staff and leaders.
“He was indeed a rare gem and we will surely miss his wisdom and wealth of experience,” the GMD stated.

Dr. Kennie Obateru
Group General
Group Affairs Division,
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
NNPC Towers, .
20th January 2020.