Roland Ewubare the Chief Operating Officer of Joint Ventures and Business Development at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, resigned from the firm mainly due to family pressures.
Ewubare had resigned abruptly on Friday as the COO from the corporation on Wednesday morning, after working with the national oil firm for about five years.
Ewubare, who hails from Nigeria’s South-South region, worked as a close adviser to the late Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru.
In a message he sent to The Punch on Friday, the former NNPC COO debunked claims that he resigned due to feud with the management of the corporation.
He said, “My brother, No feud at all. The GMD (Mele Kyari) is my very close friend and ally. He has been super supportive. I’m leaving to return to my family in the United States.
“I have been in NNPC for five years mostly away from them. With the pandemic, I can’t travel to visit them and they can’t come to visit me. It’s tough. At the core, I’m a family man. Stepping down solely for personal family reasons. That’s the truth.”