Andrew Laah Yakubu is a chemical engineer and business leader from Nigeria. He is the former Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Office of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, having been appointed by the former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2012 and relieved of his duty when he passed the baton to Joseph Dawha in 2014. His honors include the Presidential Merit Award by the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (1997) and the GMD of NNPC Award (1987). He was given the chieftaincy title “Iyan Atyap” by the Atyap Kingdom of Kaduna State in 2004, and he is a full member of the Iyan Council of Chiefs. He is a fellow of the Nigerian Association of Technologist in Engineering and an associate fellow of the Chemical Society of Nigeria.
Born 10 September 1955 in the Kaduna State of Nigeria, Yakubu attended the Government College in Keffi from 1969 to 1973, obtaining a West African School Certificate. Thereafter, he attended the College of Arts and Science in Zaria until 1975, when he entered the Ahmadu Bello University there, studying chemical engineering. After graduating with a BA in 1979, he served various roles in refineries before becoming executive director of operations at NETCO in March 2005. He left that role in December 2006 to work at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, first as general manager and ultimately as managing director and CEO. He assumed the role several months after a national fuel crisis in Nigeria, when the NNPC was widely perceived as a corrupt organization, and oversaw the resultant changes within the national institution.
In addition to his education in chemistry, he received a certificate in Strategy and Organization from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business Studies.
Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices - today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.