Nigeria’s Mohammed Barkindo Named OPEC Secretary-General

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Thursday, June 02, 2016 11.35PM / Agency News 

Mr. Mohammed Barkindo, previous Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) from 2009 to 2010, has been announced as the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC. 

Barkindo , a nominee of the Federal Government of Nigeria for the position was chosen at the 13-member OPECl’s 169th conference in Vienna. He will replace Libya’s Abdalla El-Badri. 

The former NNPC boss had served as acting Secretary-General of OPEC in 2006. 

The Secretary General is the legally authorized representative of the Organization and Chief Executive of the Secretariat. In this capacity, he administers 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 be renewed 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. 


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