Nigeria nominates Barkindo as next OPEC secretary general: official

 31 Mar 2016 - 18:12

Nigeria nominates Barkindo as next OPEC secretary general: official
Mohammed Barkindo. Photo courtesy: www.iisd.ca

 

ABUJA: Nigeria has nominated Mohammed Barkindo, a former head of state oil firm NNPC, as the next secretary general of producer group  OPEC, a government official said on Thursday.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has been looking for a replacement for Abdullah al-Badri, who was elected acting secretary general in December until the end of July after serving full terms.

“We are putting Barkindo forward for the job of OPEC secretary general because he has the required qualification and experience,” a government official said, asking not to be named.

He led the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation from 2009 to 2010.

Bloomberg News first reported the Nigerian proposal on its website.

(Reporting by Felix Onuah and Reem Shamseddine; Writing by Ulf Laessing; editing by Susan Thomas)

Reuters