Most admired OPEC member country Nigeria – Barkindo
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has described Nigeria as the most admired member country in the world oil market.
The Secretary-General of the Organization, Dr Mohammad Barkindo, revealed this in his congratulatory message published on Monday on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Nigeria’s membership in OPEC.
“Nigeria is still regarded as one of the most admired and respected members of the OPEC family, especially in the area of consensus building.
“Many giants of the Nigerian civil service are responsible for this fruitful relationship.
“Today is an important opportunity to reflect on their legacy and to give thanks for the way they have shaped our organization.
“I firmly believe that the partnership between OPEC and Nigeria can continue to thrive over the next 50 years.
“As we undertake this noble endeavor, we will continue to count on your full support,” said Barkindo.
He quoted President Muhammadu Buhari as saying on Nigeria’s 60th anniversary of independence that if Nigerians pursued their aspirations together, they would be able to accomplish a lot.
“These are words of wisdom and I see them as a guide for the future of OPEC and Nigeria’s membership in our organization. We are always stronger together.
“Once again, Mr. President, allow me to thank you for your continued support for OPEC. You have made an immeasurable contribution to improving our organization, ” he said.
He said that the unique relationship between OPEC and Nigeria has had a multitude of positive effects for both sides.
“The intertwining of the destinies of OPEC and Nigeria even precedes membership. On September 14, 1960, OPEC was founded on the banks of the Tigris in Baghdad.
“Just two weeks later, on October 1, 1960, Nigeria joined the Brotherhood of Independent Nations.
“Since these important events, OPEC and Nigeria have repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to the universal values of international cooperation, dialogue, sustainable development and work for the common good.
“These principles have anchored all of our activities despite the many challenges we have faced over the past 50 years,” he added.
Barkindo noted that the OPEC family owes Nigeria a debt of gratitude for the central role it has played in bringing OPEC countries and non-OPEC countries closer together and in the search for consensus in recent years, notably through the adoption of the Declaration of Cooperation on December 10, 2016.
“You have always shown your irreproachable credentials as a bastion of the principles underlying international relations: respect for all nations, fulfillment of its responsibilities, transparency and fairness.
“I sincerely thank you for your contribution to the vast efforts to transform the DoC from a lofty vision to a transformative force for good – one that has had a profoundly positive impact on the global oil industry,” did he declare. mentionned .
The OPEC secretary also praised Nigeria for playing a leading and inspiring role on the African continent in oil and gas business and cooperation.