…Dr. Kennie Obateru bows out after 29 years of meritorious service to the NNPC
…Official Handover of the former Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Dr. Kennie Obateru, to his successor, Mr. Garba Deen Muhammad, held at the NNPC Towers, yesterday.
The former Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Dr. Kennie Obateru, on Thursday handover to his successor, Mr. Garba Deen Muhammad as the new image-maker of the corporation at the NNPC Towers.
Dr. Kennie Obateru retired from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) upon clocking the statutory retirement age of 60.
Obateru joined NNPC in 1992 as an experienced hire and since then has held several keys and strategic positions in the Public Affairs Division.
He was Manager, Public Affairs of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), a corporate service unit of the NNPC between 2010 and 2015.
Prior to that, he was Manager, Public Affairs Department, Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC) between 2008 and 2010 and was Manager, Media Relations in the Group Public Affairs Division from 2007 to 2008.
Dr. Obateru was Deputy Manager, Media Relations in GPAD between 2006 and 2007, and served as a team member in Project PACE-SMS, CP Core Process Teams between 2005 and 2006.
From 2001 to 2005, he served as Supervisor, Budget & Planning in GPAD. He also doubled as Supervisor, Audio Visual, between 2000 and 2001. His versatility was brought to bear on the print side of the corporate communication business when he diligently served as Editor, NNPC News, a monthly publication of the Group Public Affairs Division from 1998 to 2000.
Between1993 and1998, Dr. Obateru was the Protocol Officer to the then Honourable Minister of Petroleum Resources. He cut his teeth in the Corporation as a Protocol and Consular Officer between 1992 and1993.
He is an alumnus of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos; University of Ilorin and University of Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom, where he obtained a Certificate in News Reporting, a B.A. (Hons) Performing Arts, and an M.Sc. in Public Relations respectively.
In 2012, Obateru joined the doctoral club of eggheads when he was awarded a Doctorate Degree in Management (Honoris Causa) by the Commonwealth University, Belize.
He has attended numerous professional courses and conferences at home and abroad which included three (3) International Public Relations Association Conferences, five (5) World Petroleum Congresses (WPCs), and 15 OPEC Ministerial Conferences among others.
Dr. Obateru is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants, a member of the International Public Relations Association, a senior member of the Africa Public Relations Association as well as a member of the Nigeria Institute of Management.
His hobbies include Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis, reading, and dancing. Dr. Obateru is happily married and his union is blessed with four children.
Dr. Obateru bows out after 29 years of meritorious service to the NNPC.