After months of international politicking, President Muhammadu Buhari has clinched the position of Secretary General of OPEC for Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo.
The position was jostled by top countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait and Venezuela. Somehow, Buhari outfoxed these nations and secured the position.
Barkindo is expected to occupy the position for three years in the first instance with effect from August 1st 2016.
Rising from its 169th Ordinary Meeting, the Conference expressed its appreciation to the outgoing Secretary General, His Excellency Abdallah Salem El-Badri for his leadership of the Secretariat and the Organization during his tenure.
The newly appointed Secretary General is coming to the position with a 23 year career in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the oil and gas industry.
Barkindo was a one-time Group Managing Director of the NNPC. He also served as Acting Secretary General of OPEC in 2006 and handed over to his predecessor where he served with distinction.
The former NNPC GMD served for a record 15 years on the OPEC Economic Commission Board as Nigeria’s National Representative.
Apart from chairing the OPEC Economic Commission Board, he also chaired the Strategic Production Quota Committee of OPEC.
Barkindo is an advocate of the Climate Change Initiative.
He led Nigeria’s technical delegation to the climate change negotiations that produced the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol to the UNFCCC during which he served on the Bureau of the UNFCC at various times.
The new OPEC Secretary General’s hobbies include reading and soccer. He is married with children and holds the traditional titles of Wazirin Musawa Katsina and Walin Adamawa.
Barkindo is a close associate and protégée of a one-time Minister of Petroleum Resources Rilwanu Lukman.