The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Sunday, May 13, announced the appointment of Group General Manager (GGM), Mallam Mele Kyari, as Nigeria’s National representative at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
The apex oil firm took to its Twitter handle @nnpcgroup to announce the news.
Kyari is the GGM in Crude Oil Marketing Division at NNPC.
His appointment was made by Nigeria’s Head of Delegation to the OPEC Conference and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu.
Mr Kachikwu, who is also the Chairman of NNPC Board, said the position required Mr Kyari’s deep experience to lead Nigeria’s team to the OPEC Economic Commission Board (ECB) which precedes the bi-annual meetings of the OPEC ministerial conference.
The ECB has the responsibility to review the global crude oil markets as well as makes inputs from the perspectives of the individual member countries.
Nigeria, a leading member of the group, has continued to grow in influence and status in recent times.
A former Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mohammed Barkindo, is the incumbent secretary general and head of the OPEC Secretariat.