The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Sunday announced the appointment of Mallam Mele Kyari, incumbent Group General Manager in charge of its Crude Oil Marketing Division, as Nigeria’s National Representative to the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
The NNPC in a statement by Ndu Ughamadu, its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, said the appointment was made by Nigeria’s Head of Delegation to the OPEC Conference and Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Board Chairman of NNPC.
The corporation said that the position requires Mallam Kyari to lead Nigeria’s team to the OPEC Economic Commission Board which precedes the bi-annual meetings of the OPEC ministerial conference.
The ECB reviews the global oil markets and makes input from the perspectives of the individual member countries.
It further explained that Mallam Kyari might also be required to provide any support to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and the OPEC Governor in the performance of Nigeria’s roles and participation in OPEC matters.
Mallam Kyari, a geologist, is a quintessential crude oil marketer with prerequisite certification and outfield pedigree in petroleum economics and crude oil and gas trading.
Within the last 26 years he has traversed the entire value chain of the petroleum industry posting resounding performance in all his assignments and duty posts.
Under his watch, the Crude Oil Marketing Division has recorded noticeable transformation in the management and sales of the various Nigeria’s crude oil grades via an infusion of transparency and automation of the processes.