The outgoing Secretary-General of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, is dead.
Barkindo, aged 63, was appointed OPEC Secretary-General in 2016, the fourth Nigerian to hold the position.
The Group Managing Director (GMD), Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mele Kyari, announced the sudden death of Barkindo in a tweet in the early hours of today.
Kyari said he died at about 11p.m yesterday, a few hours after delivering a speech to oil and gas stakeholders at the ongoing 2022 Nigerian Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition (NOG) in Abuja.
After the event, Barkindo met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House alongside a delegation from the OPEC Secretariat.
Kyari described his departure as a great loss to his immediate family, NNPC Nigeria, OPEC and the global energy community.
“We lost our esteemed Dr Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo. He died at about 11 pm yesterday 5th July 2022. Certainly a great loss to his immediate family, the NNPC, our country Nigeria, the OPEC and the global energy community,” he tweeted.
Our industry is now facing huge challenges along multiple fronts, and these threaten our investment potential now and in the long term, to put it bluntly, my dear friends, the oil and gas industry is under siege.
Barkindo, who was OPEC Scribe for six years, beginning from 2016, and the 28th person to hold that position, was also a former GMD of the NNPC between 2009 and 2010.
In his last official outing at the NOG, he did say the oil and gas industry is facing huge challenges on multiple fronts and is “under siege” due to years of underinvestment globally that has led to market tightness.
“Our industry is now facing huge challenges along multiple fronts, and these threaten our investment potential now and in the long term, to put it bluntly, my dear friends, the oil and gas industry is under siege.”