The newly-appointed Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, has assumed duty as the Chief Executive of the corporation.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Ohi Aligbe, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, on Tuesday in Abuja.

It said that a brief handover ceremony was held at the NNPC Towers to mark the assumption of office.

It added that until his appointment, Kachikwu was the Executive Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Exxon Mobil (Africa).

Kachikwu, in the statement, expressed gratitude to his predecessor, Dr. Joseph Dawha, for his hard work in holding the corporation.

He pledged to work assiduously in achieving the president’s growth aspiration for the oil and gas industry.

The statement noted that Kachikwu was a First Class Graduate of Law from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the Nigerian Law School.

It added that he also had Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Law from the Harvard Law School.

It added that he started his working career with the Nigerian/American Merchant Bank before moving on to Texaco Nigeria Limited from where he joined Exxon-Mobil.