A former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mohammed Barkindo, is the new Secretary-General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

He replaces Libya’s Abdalla El-Badri, who had completed full terms.

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OPEC has been looking for a replacement for El-Badri, who was elected as acting Secretary-General in December until the end of July after serving full terms.

Oil ministers from the 13-member group of powerful oil producing countries met in Vienna, Austria on Thursday, July 2.

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The consensus of all members, which in the past had sometimes been elusive, is required for the appointment of a new secretary-general.

Barkindo was the NNPC GMD from 2009 to 2010. He has also been an acting Secretary-Genmeral of OPEC in 2006.

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The Federal Government nominated Mr Barkindo for the position citing his qualification and experience.

Source: Channelstv