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Ex-NNPC Group Managing Director, Dawha, Is Dead



In a statement released on Monday evening, the current GMD of NNPC, Mele Kyari, announced the death of the former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Joseph Thalama Dawha.

Part of The statement reads, “The NNPC family gravely mourns the death of the former GMD, who provided astute leadership and made immense contributions to the progress of the corporation. It’s a great loss to us, the nation and the family.”

Dawha joined the services of the NNPC in 1988 and rose to the rank of Executive Director Commercial Services of Eleme Petrochemical Company Limited (now Indorama) Port Harcourt in 2003, he was appointed the Managing Director of Integrated Data Services Limited, Benin in 2005.

During Dawha’s term as MD of IDSL he turned around the fortunes of IDSL which saw it exceed its target between 2007 and 2010.

He was appointed in 2014 by former President Goodluck Jonathan to replace Andrew Yakubu.

Dawha hails from Biu in Borno State and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical engineering from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1977, a Master’s of Science in the same discipline in 1985 and a doctorate in Chemical Engineering in 1988.

He died two months after the demise of the immediate-past NNPC GMD, Maikanti Baru.

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