OPEC Secretary-General, Mohammed Barkindo
OPEC Secretary-General, Mohammed Barkindo: Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Secretary-General, has passed away.
According to Mele Kyari, the managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Barkindo passed away on Tuesday night.
“He passed away yesterday, July 5, 2022, at about 11 p.m. For his immediate family, the NNPC, our nation Nigeria, OPEC, and the global energy world, this loss is unquestionably devastating.
President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier on Tuesday honored Barkindo for his work with OPEC at the State House in Abuja.
This July, his term as OPEC Secretary-General was set to end.
He was praised by the President as a deserving representative of the nation.
In a statement released by his media assistant, Femi Adesina, President Buhari was cited as stating, “You have undoubtedly been a worthy ambassador of our country.”
“We are happy about the accomplishments you have made before joining OPEC, as well as the proud legacies you will leave behind.
“The global oil business has faced several challenges during your term as OPEC’s administrator. It was challenging for oil producers to band together to address problems that were destroying the oil market.
“Not long after that, the COVID-19 pandemic struck, sending crude prices plummeting at an alarming rate,” he continued.
You exhibited outstanding leadership in bringing together business partners and navigating challenging circumstances.
“There is no question about the effort you put into creating the Declaration of Cooperation, which is the largest in both size and duration in the history of OPEC and the global oil sector. It was an enormous undertaking.