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GMD NNPC, Maikanti Awarded Fellow As He Bows Out

At the annual lecture of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering, deserving pacesetters in engineering profession were inducted as fellows of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering. Notable among those honored was the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC), Engr,Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru,who made an informal announcement of his retirement in July 7th. In his journey so far in the Nigerian engineering profession, he made remarkable impact, especially in implementing policies that immensely profited the NNPC . While presenting the Life Achievement Award, Engr,Prof.Fola Lasisi, the President of the Academy said that despite the fact that the GMD has been accessible and responsive to the academy, his award was based on merit and not favoritism, judging from his impressive achievement portfolio in NNPC .
Present at the event was the Special Guest of Honour, the chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC),Sen Olabiyi Durojaiye,who challenged engineers to create a solution to the terrible traffic gridlocks in major municipals in Lagos. He cited an instance where the Russian Adolf Hitler once challenged engineers in his country to create an affordable means of transportation for the citizens,that resulted in the creation of the Volks Wagen. He stated that there is a great strength in synergy of operations and research.
Mr Mele Kolo Kyari will replace Engr Maikanti Baru as GMD. The event took place at J F Ade Ajayi Auditorium, University of Lagos.

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