President Muhammadu Buhari has described the outgoing Secretary-General of Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Mohammed Barkindo as a worthy ambassador of Nigeria.
The President, who spoke when he received Barkindo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, told him that posterity will remember him kindly for making the nation and himself proud during his six- year of meritorious service at the helm of affairs as the 4th OPEC Secretary-General from Nigeria.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari expressed the nation’s gratitude to the outgoing OPEC Secretary-General.
He directed the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited to mobilise the oil and gas industry to organise a befitting welcome reception in honour of Barkindo.
‘‘You have indeed been a worthy ambassador of our country. We are proud of your achievements before and during your appointment at OPEC and the proud legacies you will leave behind.
‘‘Your time in charge of the affairs of OPEC has been a very challenging one for the global oil industry. Oil producers were finding it difficult to come together to address challenges that were crippling the oil market.
‘‘Not long after, the world was faced with the COVID-19 pandemic that sent crude prices spiralling down at an alarming rate. You showed incredible leadership to rally industry players and pushed through the turbulent times.
‘‘There is no doubt about your efforts in putting together the Declaration of Cooperation which is the largest in the history of OPEC and the global oil industry and also the longest in duration in the history of the organization. This was a herculean task,’’ the President said.