- Mohammed Barkindo was Secretary General of OPEC from 2016 until his death on Tuesday 5 July
- Barkindo was a Political Science graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU Zaria), before pursuing his Masters and Diploma in Petroleum Economics outside Nigeria
- The death of the OPEC chief was announced by the NNPP Group Executive, Mele Kyari , in the early hours of July 6
Mohammed Barkindo, Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC ), passed away.
The Nation reported that Barkindo’s death was announced early Wednesday, July 6, by Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited Group Managing Director (GMD), Mele Kyari .
The following are 8 things you need to know about the late oil mogul
- His full name is Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo un he was born on April 20, 1959.
- In 1981, Barkindo obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
- He obtained a postgraduate diploma in petroleum economics from Oxford University in 1988 before pursuing a master’s degree of Business Administration degree from Washington University in 1991
- He received an honorary doctorate from the Federal University of Technology.
- On August 1, 2016, he became OPEC Secretary General until his death.
- He was Acting Secretary General in 2006 and represented Nigeria on the Executive Board of the Economic Commission of OPEC from 1993 to 2008.
- He chaired the NNPC from 2009 to 2010 and led Nigeria’s Technical Delegation to the UN climate talks in 1991.
- He visited President Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential mansion before his death on Tuesday 5 July.
OPEC chief Barkindo dies aged 63 in oil cartel ‘shock’
Barkindo has headed the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries since 2016 and was due to be replaced by Kuwait’s Haitham Al-Ghais next month.
Under his direction, the cartel forged ties with Russia and nine other oil-producing countries to form a broader group called OPEC+ to better stabilize oil markets.