The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC has announced the demise of its former Group Managing Director GMD, Dr. Joseph Thlama Dawha.

A release by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru stated that Dr Dawha died today, Monday after a brief illness.

The release further stated that NNPC Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, expressed shock over the sudden death of Dr. Dawha who was the 16th Group Managing Director of the corporation.

Mallam Kyari said that “NNPC family gravely mourned the death of the former GMD, who provided astute leadership and made immense contributions to the progress of corporation”.

He described Dr. Dawha’s death as a great loss not only to NNPC but also Nigeria as a whole.

Dr. Dawha was GMD of NNPC between August, 2014 to August, 2015.

Recall that on May 29, NNPC also lost its 17th GMD, Maikanki Kachalla Baru.