By Julius Peter in Abuja
He was born without silver spoon in his mouth, but his religious family background play a vital role in shaping his life. The Atyap (Kataf) Chiefdom in the Southern part of Kaduna state has organized a reception to celebrate an achievement of a little boy born in their land 59 years ago.
The reception held at the palace of Agwatyap (Chief of Atyap) in Zangon Kataf town, 120 kilometre away from Kaduna metropolis was attended by other traditional rulers from Southern Kaduna, top Civil Servants, politicians, business men, serving and retired Generals from Atayp land, including Gen Zammani Lekwo (rtd), former Military Governor of River State.
The paramount ruler of the Atyap chiefdom Dr. Harrison Bungwon has said that the appointment of Andy Yakubu as the GMD of the NNPC was deserving and pleaded for renewal if the time comes.
Atyap Pathfinders, an exclusive group made up of wealthy and influential individual of Atyap had organized a dinner in honour of Andy Yakubu in Kafanchan a week before that of the chiefdom.
According to the organizers, the receptions were organized to reenact their thanks to President Goodluck Jonathan.
The man, Engr. Andy Yakubu has to move by the crowd that identify with him. “Am proud and lucky to have come from Atayp, I am happy that the community, friends and teachers who contributed to who I am today gathered and I wish my biological parents are here to see how their little child born here 59 years ago is been honoured.
“On my part, am reiterating my plead that the NNPC, under my watch shall continue with the aggressive gas gathering ventures that will meet the power need of all our existing power plants and the ones that are coming on.
“I have no choice than to make it one of my top priorities, since power is so crucial in the Transformation Agenda of the President. We have started, and we will develop more and more. We are also revamping critical infrastructure to support oil delivery and petroleum product nationwide. The challenges ahead are enormous and this requires the continuous support of all Nigerians. We are all stakeholders and as stakeholders, your support remains invaluable”, he said.
Yakubu called on the youth to take education seriously and should go against the search for white-collar jobs.
Engr. Andy Lar Yakubu is Atyap (Kataf), Born 59 years ago, in a tiny farming community of Ma Mazah near Zangon Kataf settlement, in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna state.
He graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in 1979, with a degree in Chemical Engineering and started his carrier as a Chemical Engineer II in the NNPC Kaduna Refinery. He held positions as Ass. Chief Engineer/Superintendent in 1985 and was subsequently transferred to Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC) as Deputy Chief Engineer/Fuel Plant Superintendent in 1989.
In 1992, Yakubu was moved to NAPIMS as Project Leader/Venture Manager of Escravos Gas Project Phase 1. This enables him to handle a string of other project in NAPIMS and the NNPC until he became the Manager, Project Coordination Department, Gas Division of NAPIMS. It was Yakubu’s team that created the broad strategic map for the monetization of Nigerian gas assets.
In 2004, Yakubu became Executive Director, Operation, Nigerian Gas Company but was moved to the National Engineering and Technical Company Limited (NETCO) as Executive Director, Operations in 2005 and rise to General Manager, Engineering and Technical Services in 2006.
His major presentation for public scrutiny was his appointment as the Managing Director (MD) of the WRPC in 2007 at the height of severe sabotage of NNPC pipelines and disruption of oil activities by Niger Delta insurgents. But, it was at this time that he was able to re-activate the comatose plant and maintained its operation optimal, easily earning it, “best performing Refinery” in 2008.
Industry watchers say that Yakubu’s really proved that he was credible when he was appointed the Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production (GED and E&P) in 2011. It was under his watch that Nigeria attended an average record crude oil output of 2.4 million barrels, taking back Nigeria as the undisputed crude producer in the Gulf of Guinea after Angola has so challenged her.