Festus Marinho, the first group managing director (GMD) of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), died at age 87 on Tuesday.
Marinho was the first and only managing director of the defunct Nigerian National Oil Corporation (NNOC), the forerunner of NNPC.
He was born on December 30, 1934 at Ijebu-Ode and attended St. Gregory’s College Obalende, Lagos. He graduated with a bachelor of science (special honours) in physics from the University of London in 1960.
He then proceeded to Imperial College, London for post-graduate studies in petroleum reservoir engineering from 1960 to 1961.
He was also the only one who served twice as GMD of NNPC, having served from 1977-1979 and 1984-1985 respectively.
During his tenure at NNPC, he personally supervised the planning, construction and management of the three major refineries, depots and pipeline network that transverse the breadth of Nigeria.
After his tenure at the corporation, he played further background roles in the oil industry, including serving as alternate chairman of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited and the Bonny Gas Transport Company Ltd.