Hon. Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu
Hon. Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu
Minister of State
Petroleum Resources of The Federal Republic of Nigeria
Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu is the present Minister of State for Petroleum Resources of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). He was nominated and subsequently appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to represent his state of origin, Delta State in the President’s cabinet to oversee the daunting task of reforming and institutionalising transparency, accountability and productivity in the Nigerian oil and gas sector. Preceding his nomination and confirmation as an Honourable Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria serving in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, in August 2015 he was appointed to the position of Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) where he set in place the process leading to the on-‐ going transformation at NNPC through the implementation of a thoroughbred strategic plan focused on transforming and reviving the beleaguered state owned Oil Company into a major revenue and profit making enterprise for the nation. Dr. Kachikwu has served as the President of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) (2015), President of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) (2016), and President of the African Petroleum Producers Association (APPA) (2016).
Prior to his appointment as Group Managing Director of the NNPC, he was Executive Vice Chairman of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited and General Counsel for ExxonMobil Nigeria affiliate Upstream and Downstream Companies in Nigeria. In his position as Vice Chairman and General Counsel of ExxonMobil in Nigeria, he oversaw the compliance programs of ExxonMobil in Nigeria and offered advice on issues related to adherence with compliance regulations and anti-‐corruption laws for the company in Africa. Between 1992 and 2001, his excellence and depth in leadership was proven by his remarkable capability to set up, manage and exponentially grow diverse business concerns of his own in key areas of downstream petroleum, law practice, consultancy and publishing. Some of the companies which he served as Chairman & Chief Executive include Flame Petroleum & Gas Company Limited, Intel & Data Consultants Limited, True Tales Publications Limited (Publishers of Hints Magazine) and Beverly Cops & Security Company Limited.
Before his foray into managing these multibillion Naira business concerns, he was General Counsel/Legal Adviser, Texaco Nigeria and Texaco Overseas Petroleum Company, a position he held for eight (8) years spanning through a period from 1984 -‐1992 overseeing various company divisions including Texaco Nigeria Limited, Texaco Overseas Nigeria Petroleum Company and Texaco Agro Industries Nigeria Limited. In that period, his invaluable leadership experience was identified by the three (3) well respected companies who invited him to sit on their boards in advisory capacity on secretarial and legal matters.
Dr. Kachikwu’s wealth of experience and excellence in service delivery has not gone unnoticed as he has been honoured with numerous awards and prominent recognitions which include a Certificate of Congressional Recognition given by the United States Congress received in May 2017 at the occasion of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston Texas, the Offert par le Ministre du Petrole, de l’Energie et du Development des Energies Rounouveables Assises by African Petroleum Producers Organization (2017), Excellence in Public Service Award by Business Day Newspaper, Oil Industry Leadership Award by Petroleum Technology Association (PETAN) (2017), Times Heroes Life Impact Award by Daily Times Newspapers (2017), Honorary Fellowship Award conferred by The Nigerian Environmental Society (2017), Special Recognition Award by the National Association of Energy Correspondents (2017), Oil and Gas Industry Growth Driver of the Year Award by the Institute of Credit Administration (2017), Oil and Gas Industry Leadership Award given by Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) Branch of PENGASSAN (2016), Nelson Mandela Pan-‐African Exemplary Leadership honour given by African Youth Global Network (AYGN) with headquarters in Ghana, West Africa, NOPA Evergreen Icon Award (2012), The Exemplary Leadership Award PENGASSAN (2010), Humanitarian and Service to Humanity Award JCC (2011), Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award Ubulukwu Development Union (2012), Nigerian Role Model Award by NROMA (2010), Alma Mater Alumni Award for Exemplary Support, University of Nigeria Nsukka (2009) just to mention a few. Of note in all these recognitions is Dr. Ibe Kachikwu being listed in the “Who is Who Africa”.
Dr. Ibe Kachikwu is a distinction graduand and best graduating student and multiple awards winner of Law from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and Nigerian Law School. He bagged a Masters in Law (LLM) with special focus on Energy and Petroleum Law and Investment and a Doctorate Degree with specialization on Petroleum and Investment Law Strategies from Harvard Law School, USA where he was the best graduand with Distinction and in the process set a record time for completing Doctoral Thesis. He also has a Higher Diploma T.L (H.DIP T.L) from Georgetown, USA. He is a Director, Institute of Petroleum Law Afe Babalola University, Nigeria and also Visiting Professor of Law to several Universities including Harvard Law School, USA and Nigeria Law School. Dr. Kachikwu’s prestigious fellowships include the following; Fellow, Society for Corporate Governance (FSCG); Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitration (FCIArb); Fellow Chartered Institute for Petroleum Policy (FCIPP).
Dr. Kachikwu has a flair for Literature and Creative writing which has led to the churning out of ideas for magazines like Hints, Family, Beauty Box and Complete Fashion magazines. He is a titled Chief with various influential titles which include Isagba of Ezechime Clan conferred on him by twelve (12) villages in Delta North, Gbadegun of Owo, Owo Kingdom and Odogwu of Onicha-‐Ugbo. Dr. Kachikwu is married with children.