Nigeria’s Mohammed Barkindo has been chosen as Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC’s new Secretary General.
Barkindo, who was recently nominated by the Federal Government for the position, led the NNPC from 2009 to 2010 and served as acting Secretary-General of OPEC in 2006, as well as representing Nigeria at the group.
OPEC has been looking for a replacement for Libya’s Abdalla El-Badri, who was elected acting Secretary-General in December until the end of July after serving full terms.
The 13-member oil cartel has tried unsuccessfully for more than three years to find a replacement for the current SG who was due to stand down in 2012 after serving two terms in the office.
At OPEC’s last meeting in December, El-Badri’s term was extended until July.
On Wednesday in Vienna, Minister of State Petroleum and Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, said the Federal Government was optimistic about its candidate, Mohammed Barkindo to replace the Group’s Secretary General, Abdulla El-Badri.
“Nigeria is absolutely confident about its candidate to replace OPEC Secretary General Abdulla El-Badri”, he said.
The Secretary General is the legally authorized representative of the Organization and Chief
Executive of the Secretariat. In this capacity, Barkindo will administer the affairs of the Organization in accordance with the directions of the Board of Governors.
The Conference appoints the Secretary General for a period of three years, which may berenewed once for the same period.
This appointment takes place upon nomination by Member Countries.
The Secretary General is assisted in the discharge of his duties by a team of officers and staff including two Directors responsible for the Research Division and Support Services Division,
six Heads of Department, the General Legal Counsel, Head of the Office of the Secretary
General and the Internal Auditor who independently ascertains whether the ongoing processes for controlling financial and administrative operations at the Secretariat are adequately designed and functioning in an effective manner.