The presidency has appointed Dr. Maikanti Baru\u00a0as\u00a0Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).\u00a0Until his appointment, Dr. Maikanti Baru was the Group Executive Director, Exploration & Production of the corporation.\r\n\r\n\r\nDr. M. K. Baru attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in Kaduna State of Nigeria; where he obtained Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) with a first class honors. He also holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical engineering.\r\n\r\n\r\nBefore his Recent\u00a0appointment\u00a0Dr. Baru had worked in various capacities in both the Upstream and Downstream Sectors of NNPC. These includes Group General Manager of Greenfield Refinery Projects, Managing Director of Hyson, Executive Director of Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), General Manager \u2013 Gas Division of\u00a0NAPIMS, Manager \u2013 Operations, Procurement Management Services and Manager \u2013 Engineering for National Engineering and Technical Company Limited (NETCO).\r\n\r\nDuring his initial stint with NAPIMS which spanned from July 1993 to July 1999, Dr. Baruexecuted several Gas projects which are utilizing billions of standard cubic feet of gas per day.\r\n\r\nSeveral other ongoing projects were also conceptualized under his care. He planned the projects that would ensure flare-out by 2008 and made huge savings while overseeing the Joint Venture Gas Projects.\r\n\r\nHe was also the NNPC\u2019s Chief Technical Negotiator on the West African Gas Pipeline project from July 1999 to April 2004.\r\n\r\nDr. Baru has been the Chairman of NNPC Anti \u2013 Corruption Committee since September 2004 till date; and has relentlessly sensitized staff on obligations and laws that govern corruption and corrupt practices.\r\n\r\nDr. Baru is a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers(FNSE) and a recipient of the Presidential Merit Award of theNigerian Society of Chemical Engineers.\u00a0He is married with children.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Former GGM, NAPIMS, Dr. M. K. Baru informed the media executives that the Nigerian Content Division is now domiciled in the Exploration and Production Directorate of NNPC just like NAPIMS.\r\n\r\nThe change in structure he informed was aimed at reducing the turn around time in contract processing. He stated the efforts of NAPIMS in realizing the Federal Government\u2019s aspiration of increased reserves. He further explained that with the various projects such as Usan,Akpo, Bonga Northwest, Ofon 2 that were on stream, the PSC oil which currently stands at 650,000bopd is expected to increase to 1.2mbopd by the year 2011.\r\n\r\nThe Agbami field started production in July 2008 and is currently on a daily production of 150,000bopd while the Usanand Bonga South west will commence in 2012 and 2016 respectively. He further disclosed that NAPIMS has successfully bridged the contracting cycle time for bids to 6 months and aspires to further reduce it to between 3 \u2013 4 months against the hitherto 18 \u2013 24 months.