Engr. Andrew was born in September 1955 to the Family of Pastor Yakubu Laah and Mrs Maryamu Laah of the Ma Maza clan, Zonzon, in Zango Kataf, Kaduna State. He Started his Primary School here in Baptist Prim. School Kawo Kaduna. In 1979 he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
He started his professional career with NNPC as a Plant Operator at the Kaduna Refinery in 1980 and has a vast working career that traverses several directorates; he handled various managerial positions across the value chain of the hydrocarbon industry, which prepared him to rise to the Pinacle of his carreer as Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleun Corporation in June 2012. He had management development Exposure in IMD Swizerland, Graduate school of business studies, Stanford University USA, London management center, International Petroleum Dev. Center Boston USA, JCCP Japan among many.
Prior to his appointment, Engr. Yakubu was the Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production; NNPC Corporate Headquarters; Managing
Director, Warri Refinery and Petrochemicals Company Limited; Executive Director Operations, Nigerian Gas Company and National Engineering and Technical Company Limited (NETCO). He was also Manager Engineering
and Facilities, also Manager Project Coordination in National Petroleum Investment Management Copany (NAPIMS) – the upstream sector of the industry for nearly a decade where he managed various successful projects including Escravos Gas Project, Bonny Terminal Integrated Project, Gbaran Ubie Oil and Gas Project and many others.