Nigeria: Waya resigns from NNPC and could join Kano Guber race
The managing director of the group in charge of maritime transport at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Inuwa Waya, announced his decision to voluntarily withdraw from the company in December of this year.
Although the retirement of management staff has not yet been officially confirmed by the NNPC, it was understood that he had already delivered his letter to proceed with a voluntary retirement from the services of the company.
Following the presentation of the letter of her voluntary retirement, Waya has already started her three months of compulsory pre-retirement vacation, which began on September 10.
Waya personally announced his decision to voluntarily quit 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 on Friday, September 10.
In a memorial speech at the party, Waya informed the staff that after serving the company for over 30 years, it was time for him to head for the exit door, voluntarily stepping back to clear the way for Succession.
“For over 30 years, I have diligently worked and served the NNPC in various capacities. During this period, I believe I have done my best to contribute my small quota to help the organization achieve the company goals and objectives. But I also believe every man and woman has his time and his season for each of his activities. 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, to find the space to focus on the private practice of my legal profession as a qualified lawyer. That’s what I did, ”Waya told staff at the birthday party.
While many wondered why he chose to resign, considering he still had two years left in his career to reach the mandatory official retirement age of 60.
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 behind him to take over and carry on. where it left off, to contribute their quota to the continued development of the company.
The mandatory three-month pre-retirement notification will expire on December 11 for its final withdrawal to take effect.
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.
However, unconfirmed but credible sources close to the Kano state-born lawyer have hinted that he may consider running for Kano state governor in the upcoming 2023 election.
Waya has been a qualified lawyer and jurist for many years.
He began his civil service career at the Kano State Ministry of Justice as a State Councilor in 1989.
On August 26, 1991, he left the Kano State government to join the Legal Unit of the NNPC.
During his 30 years of meritorious service with the NNPC, he served in various departments and capacities.
In addition to the function of Legal Officer in charge of Litigation, Property, Research and Company Law within the company, he was appointed Technical Assistant to the Group General Manager, Legal Division, between 1998 and 1999.
In 1999, Waya 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 of Services for Hyson Nigeria Limited before being redeployed as Senior Technical Assistant to the Group General Manager of NNPC between 2011 and 2014.
Waya was appointed general manager of NNPC’s tendering, contract administration and upstream petroleum department, and then acting secretary / legal adviser of the company.
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, 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, he was appointed Group General Manager, NNPC Shipping Division, a position he held until his voluntary retirement on September 10.
He was also the coordinator of the optimization program 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, Waya is responsible for 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.
He 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).