By Michael Eboh with agency report
The Federal Government has nominated former Group Managing Director, GMD, of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mohammed Barkindo, for the position of the Secretary-General of Organisation for Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, come July 2016.
Barkindo had previously served as Acting Secretary-General of OPEC in 2006, and was GMD of the NNPC from 2009 to 2010.
According to reports, yesterday, a Federal Government official and some delegates of OPEC, who confirmed the development, stated that the nomination of Barkindo by the Federal Government had the potentialilties of ending the deadlock over OPEC’s leadership.
The delegates said the nomination of Barkindo was put forward in recent days by Nigeria to replace Abdalla Salem el-Badri as OPEC’s secretary general.
“We are putting Barkindo forward for the job of OPEC Secretary-General because he has the required qualification and experience,” the Federal Government official, who pleaded anonymity, said.
Badri had been OPEC’s Secretary-General for over nine years and was supposed to leave at the end of 2012, but his tenure was extended due to the fact that member countries of OPEC could not reach a consensus on his replacement.
The disagreement, according to report, was over whether a national from Iraq, Saudi Arabia or Iran should head the organization.