|Birth||18 December 1956, Onicha-Ugbo, Nigeria|
Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu (born 18 December 1956) was the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources and former Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. He was replaced by Timipre Sylva who took over the Ministerial portfolio in August, 2019.
Kachikwu is a graduate of Law from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Nigerian Law School. He thereafter obtained a Masters and Doctorate Degree in Law from Harvard University, with distinctions.
Kachikwu is married to Elizabeth Kachikwu and they have three children amongst whom is a Music Artist known as KACH signed to Signature records.
He was appointed as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Chief Executive to wide public acclaim in August, 2015 under the presidency of Muhammadu Buhari. On 11 November 2015, Kachikwu was named the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources by the President. He was named as the Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, as provided for under Section 1(2) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Act of 1997, as amended on 4 July 2016.
He was removed as the GMD of the NNPC by President Muhammadu Buhari and replaced with Dr. Maikanti K. Baru on 4 July 2016.
Restructuring Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
One of the first restructuring processes he embraced was to reduce the number of Directorates from eight to four in a move that led to the appointment of four new Group Executive Directors, to run the four new Directorates. Kachikwu in a bid to provide employees with general updates on the Corporation’s progress, launched a series of weekly podcasts which is sent to the over 13,000 members of staff. However, on 8 March 2016, he increased the directorates from four to seven.
He is the immediate past President of the OPEC Conference with a tenure that expired in January 2016. He has chaired the 168th Meeting of the OPEC Conference held in Vienna, Austria, on 4 December 2015, as its President. He was replaced by Mohammed Saleh Al Sada, the Minister of Energy and Industry of Qatar.
Dr Kachikwu attended the 6th Sustainability in the Extractive Industries (*SITEI*) Conference. A Conference in Africa that is geared towards sustainability for stakeholders in the extractive sector. It was held on 19 and 20 July, 2017 and the theme was “Building Local for Global”
In 1989, Kachikwu pioneered romance journalism, a genre that explores romantic tales and relationship issues across the country. This was done through the unveil of Hints magazine, a weekly publication by his media enterprise, True Tales Publications Limited. Kachikwu readily connected to a wide audience via his weekly column, ‘Fatherhood with Ibe,’ where he shared with his readers his experiences as a father.
In 2013, Kachikwu’s True Tales Publications Limited launched ‘Hello Nigeria,’ a lifestyle magazine that offers an exclusive peak at the life, loves and triumphs of admired celebrities, business leaders and politicians. The maiden edition of the magazine featured icons in music, film, fashion, culture and style, drawn from Nigeria and Ghana.
Social media presence
Kachikwu regularly shares updates about his various activities in the Oil and Gas Sector on his personal Facebook, Google+, Linkedin page and Twitter account. This comes after the unveiling of Twitter and Facebook social media platforms for Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in his first few weeks in office.