NNPCL Appoints New Chief Corporate Communications Officer

by Ikem Emmanuel

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) has announced the appointment of Olufemi Oladapo Soneye as its Chief Corporate Communications Officer. This strategic decision is in line with the company’s efforts to enhance its brand penetration and strengthen its corporate communications.

Mr. Soneye, a seasoned journalist with extensive experience in reputable publications in Nigeria, Australia, and the United States of America, will lead the Corporate Communications team at NNPCL. His role will involve driving the company’s brand penetration, overseeing strategic communication initiatives, and managing stakeholder relations.

A member of various professional bodies, including the Nigerian Union of Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Guild of Corporate Online Media Publishers, Mr. Soneye brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his new position. He also served as the former President of the Nigerian Media Practitioners in Washington, D.C.

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The appointment of Mr. Soneye comes as part of a series of management changes at NNPCL. In September, the company appointed new Executive Vice Presidents for its upstream, downstream, and gas sectors, signifying a commitment to strategic leadership in the energy industry.

Moreover, NNPCL is actively rejuvenating its workforce to align with its strategic business goals. As part of this effort, management staff members who were within 15 months of reaching their statutory retirement age were requested to leave the company, effective September 19, 2023.

These organizational changes are in line with the broader efforts to reform the Nigerian energy sector. The Bola Ahmed Tinubu Advisory Council’s Energy and Natural Resources sub-committee established a tight timeline for the incoming administration to identify capable and reform-minded leaders to oversee NNPCL. The objective is to transform the company into a fully functional commercial entity in accordance with the provisions of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA). These reforms aim to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the energy sector, ultimately benefiting the nation’s economy and energy consumers.

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