Posted by News Express | 27 November 2014 | 3,134 times
Nigeria’s Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Allison Madueke, has been elected President of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
Her election took place today at the ongoing 166th OPEC ordinary meeting taking place in Vienna, Austria.
She becomes the first female to be elected into that position, and replaces Libya’s Vice Prime Minister for Corporations, Abdourhman Atahar Al-Ahirish, who was occupying the position.
Before her election, Mrs Alison-Madueke was the alternate president of OPEC and is expected to immediately begin to serve her one-year term at the helm of OPEC affairs.
It is expected that OPEC, during its ongoing 166th meeting, would make key decisions that could halt the dwindling price of crude oil.
Diezani K. Alison-Madueke, born December 6, 1960, became Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation on July 26, 2007. She was moved to Mines and Steel Development in 2008, and in April 2010 was appointed Minister of Petroleum Resources.
In accordance with its Statute, the mission of OPEC is to coordinate and unify the petroleum policies of its Member Countries and ensure the stabilisation of oil markets in order to secure an efficient, economic and regular supply of petroleum to consumers, a steady income to producers and a fair return on capital for those investing in the petroleum industry.
•Adapted from a Channels TV report. Photo shows new OPEC President, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
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