Why Barkindo may emerge OPEC scribe

Nigeria's Mohammed Barkindo May Be Next OPEC Secretary General

Nigeria’s Mohammed Barkindo May Be Next OPEC Secretary General

There are indications Nigeria’s candidate for the position of Secretary-General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Mohammed Barkindo, might clinch the job.

Barkindo was nominated last week by the Federal Government to contest the office at the ordinary OPEC conference billed for June in Vienna, Austria. Of the candidates vying for the position from Saudi Arabia, Iran, Ecuador, Iraq and Indonesia, Barkindo is the most experienced, because of his past dealings with the oil cartel.

Nigeria began the move to nominate its citizen as the next scribe in 2012, when the two-term tenure of the Libyan incumbent Secretary General, Abdallah el-Badri, came to an end. El-Badri was appointed in December 2006 with a three-year mandate, which was renewed in 2009, to end in 2013. Due to failure of the cartel to agree on his replacement, he was offered a one-year extension followed by another six months, which expired on January 1, 2016.

The Guardian can exclusively report that Barkindo was nominated owing to his experience at OPEC since 1986. He started his career as a member of the Nigerian delegation to OPEC in 1986 when the late Dr. Rilwanu Lukman was Minister of Petroleum Resources.

He was on that duty when he became the National Representative to OPEC between 1993 and 2008. Between that period, he was the Deputy Managing Director of the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), from where he was appointed acting Secretary General between January 1 to December 31, 2006.

Barkindo became the acting Secretary General in January 2006 after Edmund Dakouru. At that time, the Conference President was nominated to perform the functions of the Secretary General, following disagreement over who was to be appointed scribe.

As Group Managing Director, Barkindo led the NNPC transformation agenda, which entailed moving NNPC from an operator into a profit centre. The efforts culminated in the unbundling of the parastatal.

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  • Jason

    NNPC a profit center indeed under incompetent and quota product like Barkindo. Come off it with this brown envelope journalism. NNPC is a drainpipe to national economy due to elevation of unqualified idiots like Barkindo and his like by Lukeman to positions they were never qualified to hold in the first place. OPEC is essentially an Arab organisation and perhaps only Muslims or Muslim pretenders qualify to hold administrative positions in that ineffectual oil & gas data center. To PMB and his government , so far the only qualification you need to be appointed is come from his strong support base plus perhaps have deep pocket to influence his hitherto impoverished minders and Barikindo is amply qualified on those terms. Perish all other positive attributes because Barkindo never had any and will never work to have them given his oligarchic pedigree .

    • Marwan Yakasai

      Your comment is quite myopic and deeply egocentric, lacking in discernment and objectivity at all. The Lukman of blessed memory who you called lukeman is one of the top 2 most successful personalities that ever happened to OPEC and global oil diplomacy, but because your sentimental and preconceived negative opinion you cannot see anything good from anyone not from your religion or your region. It is being expected that the support for Barkindo may not even likely come from the Muslim OPEC Members in majority but such countries like Venezuela, Angola, Ecuador and Indonesia, among the Arab nations Iran and Saudi Arabia conflict may divide the votes between themselves to Nigeria’s favor. Religion was never an issue in OPEC leadership, but the ability of providing firmness leadership to agreed decisions. Please try not be a fish in the well, the space is too narrow to think, be a a whale in the Pacific.
      Do not be among those that the holy Quran is asking thus:
      “So have they not traveled through the earth and have hearts by which to reason and ears by which to hear? For indeed, it is not eyes that are blinded, but blinded are the hearts which are within the breasts” ( Surah Hajj 22:46)