Inuwa Waya voluntarily withdraws from NNPC and considers race for governor of Kano in 2023


Group Managing Director in charge of shipments to Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), Inuwa Waya, announced his decision to voluntarily step down from the company in December of this year.

Although the retirement of the senior staff has not yet been officially confirmed by the NNPC, several sources from the NNPC tours in Abuja told the newspaper on Friday that Mr. Waya had already delivered his letter to proceed with his voluntary retirement from the services of the company. .

One of the sources who requested that his name not be revealed because he was not competent to speak on the matter, said following the presentation of the letter of his voluntary retirement, Mr Waya has already started his compulsory three months of pre-retirement vacation. , which debuted on September 10.

The source said Mr Waya personally announced his decision to voluntarily leave the national oil company at a surprise birthday party hosted in his honor by staff from the company’s shipping division to mark his 58th birthday. Friday September 10.

In a memorial speech at the party, the source said Mr. Waya informed staff that after serving the Company for more than 30 years, it was time for him to leave the door, voluntarily stepping back to open. the way to the younger generation. .

“For over 30 years, I have diligently worked and served the NNPC in a variety of capacities. During the period, I believe I did my best to contribute my small quota to helping the organization achieve corporate goals and objectives.

“But I also believe that every man and woman has their time and season for each of their activities,” Mr. Waya reportedly told staff at the birthday party. “There is a time to work; a time to play and a time to stop working and take some deserved rest to focus on other personal dreams.

“I believe my time to stop public works has come, to give way to my off season and to find the space to focus on the private practice of my legal profession as a qualified lawyer. That’s what I did.”

Some staff have reportedly expressed surprise at Mr Waya’s unexpected announcement, considering he still has two years in his NNPC career to reach the official mandatory retirement age of 60.

However, the source said Mr Waya explained to relevant staff that it was his belief to leave the stage not only when the standing ovation was strongest, but more importantly to create the opportunity for the younger generation coming. behind him to take over and continue from where he left off, to contribute their share to the continued development of the company.

The voluntary retirement notice he submitted to the NNPC on September 10, Waya explained, was intended to deal with the three-month mandatory pre-retirement notice, which was due to expire on December 11, for his disengagement. Definitive Service takes effect.

Since news of Mr Waya handing over his resignation letter spread to the rest of the NNPC staff, the source said there had been speculation about his plans for the immediate future.

Although Mr Waya reportedly told some of his immediate associates at the birthday party that he would explore the prospects of getting into agriculture and private law, unconfirmed sources close to the lawyer born in the Kano State have hinted that he may join politics in a bid to join the race for governor in his hometown of Kano ahead of the 2023 election.

Contacted by PREMIUM TIMES, Mr. Waya confirmed that he was retiring. He declined further comments, however, saying it was too early to talk about his post-NNPC plans.

Inuwa Waya: A profile of excellent service

Mr. Waya is a long-time lawyer. He began his civil service career at the Kano State Ministry of Justice as a State Counselor in 1989. On August 26, 1991, Mr. Waya left the Kano State government for join the legal unit of the NNPC.

Managing Director of the NNPC Group in charge of Shipping, Inuwa Waya
Managing Director of the NNPC Group in charge of Shipping, Inuwa Waya

During his more than 30 years of service with the NNPC, he served in various departments and capacities crossing several posts and offices.

In addition to holding the position of Legal Officer in charge of Litigation, Property, Research and Corporate Law within the company, Mr. Waya has also been appointed Technical Assistant to the Group Managing Director, Legal Division, between 1998 and 1999.

In 1999 he was assigned to Hyson Nigeria Limited, a joint venture between NNPC and Vitol SA as Company Secretary and Legal Counsel.

Between 2009 and 2011, he served as Acting Executive Director, Services, for Hyson Nigeria Limited before being redeployed to serve as Senior Technical Assistant to the NNPC Group General Manager between 2011 and 2014. Mr. Waya has been appointed General Manager of NNPC Upstream Tenders, Contracts Administration and Petroleum Department, then Acting Company Secretary / Legal Adviser.

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In August 2015, he was appointed Managing Director of Hyson Nigeria Limited and Chairman of Carlson Bermuda Limited, the offshore arm of the NNPC crude oil joint venture.

In March 2016, Mr. Waya was appointed Managing Director of NNPC Trading. During his tenure, he successfully led the reform, transformation and consolidation into one entity of the multiple joint venture trading companies of NNPC, including at the time all of the crude oil trading companies of NNPC ( Napoil Limited, Carlson Bermuda Limited, Duke Oil Panama and its service companies in UK, Nigeria and United Arab Emirates (UAE), Hyson Nigeria Limited and Nigermed.

In March 2020, Mr. Waya was appointed Group Managing Director, NNPC Shipping Division, a position he held until his voluntary retirement on September 10.

In addition, Mr. Waya was the Optimization Program Coordinator of NNPC Shipping, mandated to transform NNPC Shipping into a global brand capable of imbibing the culture of international best practices in its services.

His vast experience and expertise also recommended that he be assigned to the senior management of NNPC to perform a number of other concurrent assignments in line with the company’s growth agenda.

Currently, Mr. Waya is Director of the following strategic business units including NNPC Retail Limited, NIDAS Marine Limited, NIDAS Shipping Service Limited (Cyprus), NIDAS Shipping Service Agency (UK) Limited and NIKORMA Shipping.

Mr. Waya graduated from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 1987 and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in March 1989 (BL).

Between 1995 and 1997 he obtained his LLM with specialization in Petroleum Law, Politics and Economics from the University of Dundee, Scotland, UK.

In 2001/2002, he obtained a Graduate Diploma (PGD) in International Petroleum Management from the College of Petroleum Studies, Oxford, England.

A wise community leader, active field mobilizer, organizer and team player, Mr. Waya belongs to various national and international professional groups and associations.

Those who know him well say that his experience of more than three decades in the public service has distinguished him as a competent manager of men and material resources, to attract the greatest good to the greatest number.

Mr. Waya is married and has children.

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