A former managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mohammed Barkindo, has been appointed the secretary-general of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
Barkindo’s appointment was on Thursday, announced in Vienna, Austria after the 169th meeting of the group.
He takes over the job from the Libyan Minister of Oil, Abdalla El-Badri, whose tenure ends in July.
Barkindo, who was in charge of the NNPC between 2009 and 2010, was nominated by the federal government to contest for the position.
The new OPEC head is expected to assume office in July, and he will be in charge for three years.