Mrs. Alison-Madueke was on December 4, 2013 elected the Alternate President of the OPEC Conference.
The 165th meeting of the Conference of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, ended on Wednesday in Vienna, Austria, with a resolution to extend the tenure of the incumbent Secretary General, Abdalla El-Badri, for six months from January 1, 2015.
The conference, under the Chairmanship of its President, Omar Ali ElShakmak, Acting Minister of Oil & Gas of Libya and Head of its Delegation, also resolved to retain the group’s oil production quota at 30 million barrels per day.
It urged the 12-member group to adhere strictly to its unanimous resolution to keep the existing production level as a way to ensure the balance in the international oil market.
Mr. El-Badri’s tenure was due to expire in December 2013 and fresh elections to select his successor held during the 164th Ordinary Meeting of the Conference. He was, however, asked to continue in office for one more year after Saudi Arabia and Iran, two of the five founding members, failed to come to a consensus on a possible successor. He has now been asked to stay in office for another six months till June next year.
Disagreements among the leading member countries led to calls for a fresh election into the Secretary General’s position in the just ended election.
Ahead of the meeting, the inability to find an answer to the crisis trailing the selection of the successor to Mr. El-Badri stirred huge interest among other member countries, including Nigeria, which made moves to position themselves to reap from the likely inability to break the deadlock.
The Presidency on Tuesday hurriedly packaged and announced the controversial Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison Madueke, as Nigeria’s nominee.
Mrs. Alison-Madueke was on December 4, 2013 elected the Alternate President of the OPEC Conference and Head of OPEC delegation for one year at Vienna, Austria.
The next OPEC meeting is scheduled for November 17.
The OPEC Secretariat is the executive organ in line with the provisions of the OPEC Statute.
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