Sen. Orji Kalu, the Chief Whip of the Senate, has described death of the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), DrMohammed Barkindo as a huge loss to Nigeria.
Kalu, in a condolence message issued on Thursday in Abuja, acknowledged the remarkable contributions of Barkindo to the oil and gas industry.
The former governor of Abia said the deceased was an accomplished professional in the oil and gas industry.
Kalu said that Barkindo’s leadership qualities stood him out among his contemporaries.
While commiserating with the government and people of Adamawa and stakeholders in the oil and gas industry, Kalu noted that the good deeds of the deceased would not be forgotten.
He urged the Barkindo family to sustain the worthy legacies of the deceased.
“I received with sadness the news of the passing of the secretary-general of OPEC, Dr Mohammed Barkindo.
“The deceased was an accomplished Nigerian, who served in various capacities in the oil and gas industry at the national and international levels.
“He played remarkable roles in promoting good relationship between OPEC and non-OPEC members.
“The late Barkindo carved a niche for himself in various endeavours.
`He left behind good legacies for his family to uphold,’’ Kalu said.
Kalu prayed to Allah to forgive the shortcomings of Barkindo and grant him Al-Jannah Firdaus.
Barkindo 63, an oil industry veteran who steered the group through the creation of the OPEC+alliance, was due to step down at the end of this month after being at the helm for six years at OPEC. (
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday mourned Muhammad Barkindo, outgoing Secretary-General, Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
Abubakar in his Twitter handle on Wednesday, said he was saddened by the passing away of the former Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), who died in Nigeria on Tuesday at age 63 years.
Abubakar described Barkindo as “a worthy ambassador of Nigeria, who left indelible marks in his service to the nation and OPEC.
“He was indeed a worthy ambassador of Nigeria.
“He died in active service, having delivered a speech at the ongoing Nigerian Oil and Gas Conference in Abuja and held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari hours before his passing away.
“He was my very good friend, and he will be surely missed.”
Abubakar condoled with the family and friends of Barkindo, management and staff of NNPC and OPEC.
He prayed that Allah forgives his sins and grants him Aljannah Firdaus.
Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa has expressed his condolences to the family of Muhammad Barkindo, outgoing Secretary General, Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
Mr Humwashi Wonosikou, Press Secretary to the Governor, issued this in a statement on Tuesday.
“I received news of the passing of Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo with sadness; the late Barkindo will be remembered as a respected son of Adamawa and OPEC family.
“His demise is a sad day for me and the people of Adamawa and Nigeria.”
Fintiri stated that the late Barkindo made Adamawa proud during his 6 years service as OPEC Secretary General.
“Governor Fintiri prayed for the eternal repose of the late OPEC boss, describing his death as a great loss not only to Adamawa and Nigeria, but the whole world.
“I extend, on behalf of the people and Government of Adamawa State, my heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the immediate family, NNPC, OPEC, the people and Government of Adamawa State, over the death of the historic, 4th Secretary General of OPEC.
“We take the occasion to renew the ties of friendship and bonds of cooperation that exist between Nigeria and the OPEC Community. May his soul rest in perfect peace,” he said.
“I wish the family and associates of Muhammad Barkindo the strength, comfort and love of the Almighty Allah in these difficult times.”
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Barkindo died in Nigeria on Tuesday, at 63 years.
The Northern Governors Forum has expressed sadness over the loss of Dr Mohammed Barkindo, the Secretary General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
The forum commiserated with his family through its Chairman and Governor of Plateau, Mr Simon Lalong, in a statement by his Spokesperson, Dr Makut Macham on Wednesday in Jos .
He said the forum was shocked at his death which occured while he was on official duties in Nigeria.
“The death of Dr Barkindo is a great loss to his immediate family, Nigeria and the international community because of his contributions to the energy sector and development of oil and gas in Nigeria and throughout the world.
“He was a technocrat who distinguished himself in the field of oil and gas, having put in many years in the industry and rising to head the NNPC where he led many reforms and initiatives to transform the industry.”
The forum noted that Bakindo’s good account endeared him to be elected as Secretary General of OPEC , which he led through some of the most challenging periods in global energy crisis, and the COVID-19 Pandemic by ensuring recovery and stability.
“The Northern Governors Forum is proud of his achievements and support towards the passage of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).
“And exploration of oil and gas prospects across various parts of the country including the Northern Region.”
While commiserating with the family and people of Adamawa, Lalong prayed God to grant his soul eternal rest and comfort the family.
Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo on Wednesday, expressed sadness over the death of the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Dr Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo.
Barkindo, 63 year-old oil diplomat, reportedly died Tuesday night in Abuja, same day he paid a courtesy call on President Muhammadu Buhari to brief him on his tenure that was about to end at OPEC.
In a statement signed by Mr Oguwike Nwachuku, the Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to the governor, Uzodimma described the death as “shocking, unbelievable and unfortunate.”
“Barkindo was a prominent Nigerian professional, who devoted his time and energy in the service of the country both nationally and internationally.
“Barkindo died when his services are still required in the country because of his vast knowledge in private and public administration as well as in the oil and gas industry,” Uzodimma said.
The governor commiserated with the immediate and extended family, friends and associates of the deceased and prayed God to grant them the grace and fortitude to bear the unexpected loss.
The governor also prayed God to grant the soul of the deceased a peaceful repose.
Barkindo had headed OPEC since 2016 and was scheduled to be replaced by Kuwait’s Haitham Al-Ghais in August. (
President Muhammadu Buhari has announced minor cabinet reshuffle as he swore in seven new Ministers in the State House, Abuja, on Wednesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the affected ministers swore in include Goodluck Opiah (Imo), Umar El-Yakub (Kano) and Ademola Adegoroye (Ondo). Henry Ikoh (Abia) Umana Okon Umana (Akwa Ibom), Ekumankama Nkama (Ebonyi) and Odum Odi (Rivers).
NAN reports that six of the ministers replaced six former members of the federal executive council, who retired to participate in the last party primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) while El-Yakub replaced the former Minister of Agriculture, Sabo Nanono, who was removed from office.
While announcing the reshuffle shortly before the commencement of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council, the president approved Minister of State, Health, Sen. Adeleke Mamora as new the Minister of Science and Technology; Minister of State, Works, Mua’azu Sambo also moved to the Ministry of Transportation as substantive Minister.
Umanna Umanna is now the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs while Minister of State Environment, Sharon Ikeazor has been moved to the Niger Delta Ministry as Minister of State.
Sen Gbemisola Saraki was moved to the Ministry of Mines and Steel as Minister of State while Umar El-Yakub is now the Minister of State Works and Housing.
The president also approved Goodluck Apiah as Minister of State, Education; Ekumankama Nkama. Minister of Health; Ikoh Ikechekwu, Minister of State, Science and Technology; Odum Udi, Minister of State, Environment and Ademola Adegoroye is now Minister of State, Transportation.
NAN reports that before the swearing in, a minute’s silence was observed in honour of Mohammed Barkindo, the outgoing Secretary-General of Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), who died at the age of 63, on Tuesday night.
Those physically in attendance are the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; and Chief of Staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari.
Other Ministers who were also in attendance include the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, Education, Adamu Adamu, Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.
Others are, Mines and Steel, Olamilekan Adegbite, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, and Minister of State, Budget, National Planning, Clem Agba and State, Industry Trade and Investment, Maryam Katagun as well as all the newly sworn in ministers. (
Dr Mohammad Barkindo, the Secretary-General, Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), said one of its cardinal achievements was the launch of the inaugural OPEC Africa Dialogue in June 2021.Barkindo made this known on Friday in a letter he addressed to Mr Anibor Kragha, the Executive Secretary, African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA).He said the launch could not have been realised without the ARDA and the excellent leadership of its executive secretary.“As I prepare for the end of my tenure as Secretary-General of OPEC on July 31, 2022, I am taking the time to say farewell to many of the key stakeholders I have had the privilege to work with over the last six years.“Indeed, I am taking stock of the myriad accomplishments that, together, we have been able to achieve.“And, perhaps even more importantly, the excellent relationships that have developed and the personal bonds that were forged during this exciting yet challenging period of time,” he said.He said the ARDA, in partnership with the African Energy Commission (AFREC) and African Petroleum Producers’ Organiation (APPO), paved way for the establishment of a historical partnership that would have a lasting legacy for OPEC and its member countries.He said it was the newest of OPEC’s portfolio of international energy dialogues, and came as the organisation had witnessed an expanding African membership.“In fact, we have proudly welcomed three new Members from Sub-Saharan Africa during my short tenure alone.“Congo joined OPEC in 2018, Equatorial Guinea joined in 2017 and Gabon rejoined in 2016, after having been a member for two decades, from 1975 until 1995.“These newer members are building upon an already strong continental foundation, which includes Libya, which joined OPEC in 1962, Algeria in 1969, Nigeria in 1971 and Angola in 2006,” he said.He further explained that all-together, since 2018, Africa was the continent with the highest number of member countries in OPEC.According to him, throughout OPEC’s 62-year history, African member countries have played a key role in meetings and decisions in support of the organisation’s efforts on the global stage to promote stability in the global oil market.This, he said, was in the interest of producers, consumers and global economy.“We look forward to continued fruitful collaboration with ARDA, in addition to AFREC, APPO and other leading African partners.“Together we seek to strengthen and empower Africa to reach its full potential as a leading global provider of sustainable energy to help meet the world’s growing energy requirements.“I wish you all the very best of success as you continue to admirably and ably lead ARDA and make significant contributions to Africa and its energy industry,” he said. (
The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) says the sixth Iraq Energy Forum (IEF) will host the formal launch of OPEC’s history book to commemorate the organisation’s 60th anniversary.
The history book, titled “OPEC 60 years and beyond: A story of courage, cooperation and commitment,” was prepared to commemorate the organisation’s 60th anniversary.
According to a statement by OPEC on Tuesday, obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria the sixth Iraq Energy Forum (IEF) is slated to hold in Baghdad, Iraq, from June 18, to June 20.
OPEC Secretary-General, Dr Mohammad Barkindo, will be in attendance, it said.
The statement said the focus of the publication was to bring to a wider readership OPEC’s history, its objectives and its achievements over its first six decades.
It said the Iraq Energy Forum, the country’s energy and economic flagship event, would provide platform for lively discussion and interactive exchange between a wide range of industry stakeholders.
“In its sixth iteration, the forum will attract government officials, policy-makers, decision-makers, industry leaders, experts and analysts from Iraq and beyond.
“The event will be held under the theme ‘The Middle East as The Cornerstone of Global Energy Security’.
“It will cover a number of key issues related to enregy, including global energy security, the energy transition, uncertainties related to economic recovery, investment, as well as sustainable development,” it said.
It noted that the the Secretary-General would also receive the prestigious 2022 Iraq Energy Award from the Iraq Energy Institute for his years of dedication to the organisation, its Member Countries, the energy industry, and his support to Iraq and its people.
The statement quoted the Secretary-General as stating: “We are extremely excited to return to Baghdad and to take part in the sixth IEF, which is taking place at a decisive moment in the history of the energy sector.
“IEF 2022 promises thought-provoking discussions on some of the most important issues of our times, from global energy security to the Middle East’s key role in the energy transition.
“Since I attended the first IEF in 2016, the forum has grown into a premier regional event that attracts luminaries from Iraq’s energy industry, high-level policymakers and some of the foremost thinkers on energy,” Barkindo said.
He said as the birthplace of OPEC in 1960 and one of the world’s most important oil providers, Iraq, the cradle of civilisation and the land of prophets, was especially well suited to host discussions on how to ensure a stable, secure and sustainable energy future for all.
Ali Allawi, Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister of Economic Affairs and Minister of Finance, is among the confirmed participants in the leading energy industry event.
OPEC Secretary-General participated in the Iraq Energy Forum in 2019.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd.) started its activities for the week with the good news that Vanguard Newspapers nominated the company’s Group Managing Director (GMD) Malam Mele Kyari, for its 2021 Man of the Year Award.
The Chairman Editorial Board of Vanguard Newspapers, Ochereome Nnanna, disclosed this when he led other members of the company’s management team to present the letter of nomination to the GMD.
Nnanna said that the selection of the Vanguard Man of the Year award was usually a very competitive and difficult process because of the stringent criteria deployed to arrive at the choice of the beneficiary of the award.
He noted that as a result of this painstaking process, there were years in the past when the organiser could not find anyone fit for this category of award.
The GMD appreciated the newspaper for nominating him for the award, adding that the award was coming at a time when the NNPC was undergoing huge transformation in line with the provisions of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).
Kyari said there was an urgent need to focus on gas investment, adding that as the economy was currently facing a challenging time, such investment would help to guarantee energy security for the country.
The GMD explained that the NNPC has been transparently managed, adding that it remained the only company in the world that publishes its monthly financial report.
In a related development, the Management of Leadership Newspapers has also named Kyari as the CEO of the Year 2021.
The notice of the nomination was conveyed to the NNPC helmsman by the Editor-in-Chief of Leadership Newspapers, Mr Azu Ishiekwene, during a visit to the NNPC Towers.
Responding, Kyari said it was a privilege to be recognised by a reputable media organisation like Leadership. Sylva and Kyari
Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylvia, has been nominated by the Leadership Newspapers as its 2021 Public Service Person of the Year Award.
The Management of the newspaper led by the Vice Chairman of the Leadership Group, Mr Mike Okpere, made this known during a visit to present the letter of nomination to the Minister.
Speaking at the event, Okpere said that the award was in recognition of Sylva’s determination and resilience in pushing for the passage and signing into Law of the PIA and its aggressive implementation for the betterment of the oil and gas industry and the nation.
Receiving the notification letter, the Minister described the award as an incentive that would spur him and the ministry to do more to continually improve the operational environment of the oil and gas industry and ultimately boost the nation’s economy.
Sylva expressed gratitude to Leadership Newspapers for recognising the modest contributions made by him and other members of the ministry.
“I really thank you for the award and I accept it because for me it’s an endorsement of some of the humble contributions we’ve made.
“Coming from a very reputable Nigerian newspaper like Leadership deems it fit to give me an award makes me feel that at least my little efforts are being recognised.
“The efforts I made I did not expect anyone to notice them but when such efforts are noticed by an organisation such as yours, it gives us reason to be glad and it is an incentive for us to do more”.
Also in the week, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources unveiled plans for the 6th edition of the Nigeria International Energy Summit (NIES 2023).
It informed that the annual Conference themed “Global Perspectives for a Sustainable Energy Future” would hold in Abuja between April 16 and April 20.
The Ministry explained that the theme of the summit was informed by the speed of change projected in the fossil fuels segment as the world pursues the energy transition agenda.
According to the Event Consultant and Managing Director of Brevity Anderson, Mr James Shindi, “NIES 2023 will put on the front burner overarching global energy trends and perspectives.
This, Shindi said would ensure that policy makers and other players in the sector can easily understand latest developments and the best roadmap to drive the energy transition”.
In an online media Broadcast, Sylva said “NIES 2023 was primed to be a show-stopper as it would be the valedictory edition of this administration.
“The event will provide the platform for the administration to present its scorecard in the energy sector and also provide the opportunity to offer a roadmap for the next administration.
“It is therefore an epoch and a must-attend event for all the stakeholders in the industry.
“As a tradition, NIES 2023 will feature the highest level of attendance by top decision makers, industry leaders and all stakeholders from both the public and private sectors from across Africa and the global energy community.
“There will be a special dinner and other networking events with attendee ministers from other oil producing countries and heads of government delegation from other countries.
“With the full backing of the Federal Government of Nigeria, NIES has over the years witnessed the highest level of attendance by top decision makers, industry leaders and all stakeholders from both the public and private sectors.
“NIES has grown from year to year and remains the definitive platform, not just for Nigeria, but also for Africa to engage the global energy community,” Shindi said.
NIES is a federal government of Nigeria’s official energy industry event with the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources and all its parastatals including the NNPC and Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).
Others are Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NURPC), Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) and Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) as joint hosts.
Still in the week under review, the House of Representatives commended the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), a subsidiary of the NNPC Ltd., for the prompt provision of information on its assets and liabilities.
The House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on Inventory, Assets, Liabilities and Joint Ventures of the NNPC gave the commendation during its oversight visit to NAPIMS.
The visit was part of its task of verifying NNPC’s assets and liabilities with a view to determining which of the assets that would be transferred to the new NNPC Ltd. as stipulated in the PIA.
Explaining the rationale behind the establishment of the Committee, the Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Uju Kingsley Chima, said the leadership of the House of Representatives believed that there was need for the assets of the old NNPC.
And that all its subsidiaries must be effectively verified for proper documentation prior to their transfer to the NNPC Ltd., to ensure the take-off of the new company on a sound footing.
The lawmaker expressed satisfaction with the presentations made by NAPIMS officials regarding its assets, liabilities and challenges, stressing that it would cumulatively help the committee to make appropriate recommendations to the during plenary.
He also said that the Committee would create time to visit the locations of some of the assets to assess their true state before preparing its report.
Earlier, members of the Management Team of NAPIMS took turns to make presentations to the Committee on the various aspects of the agency’s operations as well its existing assets and liabilities.
In her vote of thanks, the General Manager, External Relations, NNPC, Mrs Iyabode Ayobami-Ojo, expressed delight at the sustained support NNPC enjoyed from the legislature, especially at this period of its transition from Corporation to limited liability company following the passage of the PIA.
In another development, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) commiserated with the people and government of Imo State, over last weekend’s fire which was reported to have consumed no fewer than 100 people at a site of an illegal refinery.
Many victims were burnt beyond recognition during the incident which occurred after an illegal refinery exploded at Abaezi forest in the Ohaji-Egbema Local Government Area of the state.
In a letter to the Governor of Imo State, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, OPEC’s Secretary General, Dr Sanusi Barkindo, decried the scale of destruction caused by the incident, saying that the oil producers’ organisation, received the sad news with deep shock.
Barkindo stressed that the loss of lives at the site was difficult to accept.
He commiserated with the “heroic” people of Imo state over the deaths and injuries suffered by those impacted by the blast.
“It was with deep shock and sadness that I received the news of the tragic loss of lives following a fire at an illegal oil refining depot close to the border with Rivers State.
“On behalf of OPEC, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to you and the people of Imo State at this difficult time.
“Loss of life on this scale is very difficult to comprehend and our thoughts and prayers go to the families and friends of those afflicted by this tragedy, as well as those recovering from their injuries.
“We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with all who grieve at this difficult time. We will also pray for the safety of the emergency response teams. May the Almighty give the bereaved the fortitude to bear this unbearable loss.
“Please accept, Your Excellency, the renewed assurances of my highest consideration and esteem,” Barkindo said.
While offering his condolences to the families of the victims earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari demanded that those responsible for the explosions must be arrested and brought to justice.
The President also ordered security forces to intensify efforts to shut the illegal refineries.
It is noted that in recent times, the NNPC Ltd, Malam Mele Kyari had been advocating the support of the authorities, security agencies, host communities, Nigerian Parliament and all stakeholders to curb the menace of crude oil theft, proliferation of illegal plants where stolen crude oil are refined and pipeline vandalism that is causing the Nigerian nation huge revenue losses.
Visit us on for more details.
The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) says world oil demand prospects going into the last quarter of 2021 is being clouded by increased risk of the COVID-19 Delta variant.