Nigeria’s OPEC Presidency confirms global confidence in Jonathan – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, congratulates President Goodluck Jonathan on the election of the Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, as President of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC. 
Her election as the first female president of OPEC is, indeed, a confirmation of the successes of the Transformation Agenda of the present administration and the global confidence in Nigeria under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Alison-Madueke’s determined growth of the Nigerian operational capacity and local content in exploration and production, particularly through the facilitation and approval of large-scale divestments by oil majors to indigenous companies is unprecedented in Africa’s oil history. This is indeed part of the many landmark achievements of the exemplary government of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Moreover, as a leading exporter of oil, Nigeria is now advantageously positioned to contribute and help shape major decisions in the global oil market.

Indeed, the decision by the OPEC member nations to hand the task of presiding over their affairs to a prominent cabinet member in our government speaks volumes of the trust reposed in us by the international community.
We note with happiness that with the vigorous implementation of the Transformation Agenda, our economy now ranks as one of the fastest growing in the world. Our nation has become a top investment destination, the largest economy in Africa as well as the 26th largest economy in the world, with Nigerians and Nigerian businesses excelling in all critical sectors of the global economy. 
Since the signing into law of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act by President Jonathan, our Government has, among other achievements in the sector, increased the level of indigenous Nigerian participation in upstream and downstream activities by over 45 per cent, thereby increasing employment opportunities for our youth.

Our Government has also succeeded in eliminating long queues at our fuel stations through regular and sustained product supply, which is a demonstration of our commitment to the wellbeing of our citizens.
Today, gas infrastructure for the gas-to-power and gas-to-industry is being aggressively put in place.  Over 450 kilometres of gas pipelines have been installed in the last three years with another 2,000 kilometres planned over the next four years.
As a people-oriented government, we had already begun gas supply, growing from less than 500 million cubic feet per day, over four years, to about 1.5 billion cubic feet per day at the moment, with our goal being to attain four billion cubic feet per day over the next four years.
The PDP assures that it will continue to consolidate on the gains of the successes so far achieved in all sectors of the economy through meticulous implementation of our policies and manifesto.
Olisa Metuh
National Publicity Secretary


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  • vansegzy

    Rotational Presidency is now a product of Transformation agenda…. Oga o!

    • Onike24

      Well they do say that a drowning man will clutch at a straw…..

      • vansegzy

        Cant one just drown with dignity?

        • Dr. Kay

          Lol, abeg, abeg abeg , no kill me with laughter oh

        • Onike24

          Dignity left Nigeria a long time ago…….

          • Otile

            No matter your sarcasm GEJ is crushing Imam hands down again.

  • HonestNigerian

    OPEC presidency to Nigeria is a carrot/consolation for the way the country has been messed around by OPEC operations/decisions…US has stopped buying Nigeria’s crude, cost of crude is $70. Saudi, the biggest benefactor of OPEC, can survive the current crises (supply outweighing demand) and in order to ensure the these crises do not create any break up/disintegration of OPEC, they give the fools Nigeria the presidency (which is only ceremonial…can not make any decisions) and we start celebrating calling it an achievement.
    The late Rilwanu Lukman was the president of OPEC from 1986 for eight consecutive terms. He was elected OPEC secretary general on 22 Nov 1994 and he held this office until the end of 2000. Nobody congratulated the Nigerian Government stating that this was a confirmation of the good work the government was doing. It is a shame the an organisation as, I will guess, structured and principled as PDP will use the neo-colonial tool of giving some form of carrot to the idiots as acceptance of their so called Transformation agenda. Nigerian lives are lost daily due to the governments inability to secure it’s citizens. Everyday after a terrorist attack, Jonathan says the same words and does nothing. He is an embarrassment to concept of leadership. Jonathan and PDP have consistently shown, in their words and actions, that Nigerian lives are worthless…there must be change. Nigerians need to take there future into their own hands and ensure they vote out these greedy and senseless individuals from PDP.

    • Onike24

      Well said, I didn’t read your comment, otherwise I won’t have posted anything else. Thank you

      • Otile

        Next time, look before you leap. E gbo mi nko?

  • Sword of Damocles

    Chai, desperation is an unseemly & uncomfortable phenomena. I believe that on Friday they stated that price is now set at around $70 PB, considerably below the Govt’s 2015 budget benchmark of $73(it means Nigeria will be holding its hat in its hands begging to borrow). the next thing that I expect to happen is that OPEC will reduce production under this woman’s watch to increase demand & thus the price of oil. Deizani will be the face of OPEC when it implements oil policies that will significantly reduce the oil revenues that the FRN hopes to generate. But here is the PDP and our “azonto” swaying Presido stating that the world is acknowledging their transformative work of unprecedented and unseen before LOOTING & INCOMPETENCE. Leaving you with an aside, did you know that even dogs have shame? I have seen it with my own eyes, they will act like a child caught with hand in the cookie jar, when their owner scolds them, but apparently these so-called humans purporting to rule Nigeria just dont have the SHAME GENES in their DNA.

    • Onike24

      Diezani’s position, is ceremonial, every member assumes the Presidency of OPEC on a rotational basis, it is the Position of Secretary General that is based on merit and is not rotational. Rilwanu Luqman commanded the respect of every member from Venezuela to Mexico, have we sunk so low that we are now celebrating “muggins turn” ?

      • Otile

        If so how come Ogagun could not assume OPEC Presidency after 8 donkey years as Nigeria’s oil minister? The only reason they gave the post to Lukman is that he had refineries and humongous financial investments in those countries but not in Nigeria. They would rather let him hold the post forever. Didn’t you see that they lamented his demise almost unbearably?

  • Mustapha

    PDP, you have the opportunity and responsibility for Nigerians to have confidence in your leadership in the last 16 years if otherwise what difference does it make when you earn “global confidence”? Sincerity is universal, please give Nigerians true leadership, no one outside Nigeria owe you same.

  • Olu Ade

    Jona needs to learn from history. Mubarak of Egypt had the whole world supporting him especially, the USA but when his people said enough is enough and they carried out the Tharid square revolution, even the World power America could not save him. America had no other option but to stay on the side of the people.

    So, simply said Mr. Dumbo, what matters is the confidence of Nigerians in you. Only adult Nigerians will vote in 3months time to determine your fate. End of Discussion

  • Dr. Kay

    Na who dash monkey banana, these people are so deluded and obsessed with anything positive to window shop as Dumbo’s achievement that even a presidential seat based on rotation , that has Nigeria as next in line will be flogged as confidence in PDP and Dumbo. Pleeeeeeeease give us another one , this frog eyed corrupt witch would not even get 1 vote if it is a contested position. Awon eranko radarada.

  • Uz

    Nigerians appreciate the present administration for the giant strides in virtually all sectors of the economy. You have proven us wrong after all. Kudos!

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    “Moreover, as a leading exporter of oil, Nigeria is now advantageously positioned to contribute and help shape major decisions in the global oil market.” – Mr. Metuh.


    That is an achievement?

    On the same day that the OPEC decision meant that the benchmark price for crude oil as the budgetary mark for 2015 was knocked out of sync?

    Abeg, give me another “tumbirra” of Sapele Water! Hic..

  • Rommel

    Yesoooo electricity is now stable in Nigeria with production of 50,000MW,Boko Haram has been defeated and rehabilitated,minimum wage has risen to 50,000 Naira,armed robbery and kidnapping is down,up PDP!,up Nigeria!,up president Jonathan! hence to reward Nigeria in recognition of the giant strides to humanity of Nigeria landing Philae on comet 500 million kilometers away,under the transformation agenda of president Jonathan,the OPEC has decided to reward Nigeria with its presidency. PDP,I would not say more

  • Gaskiya

    In Nigeria, only four sets of people can vote for PDP and Jonathan:

    (1) those who are intellectually blind.

    (2) those who are blinded by ethnicity.

    (3) those who are blinded by corruption and therefore afraid of the unknown, should power change hands.

    (4) those who are suffering from a combination of the above terminal sicknesses”

    Therefore think of the implication of voting Jonathan and PDP to you, your children and grandchildren.

    • Olu Ade

      Please change no. 2 to read…”those who are blinded by ethnicity and religion” Let’s call a spade a spade Gaskiya. God will save Nigeria from bigot Dumbo followers.

  • Ette

    Plummeting of oil prices soon after her rotational election indicates total lack of confidence in her ability to lead the cartel. Shame that no members respects this hugely corrupt minister under whose nose $49b has missed from our coffer and over N10b has been wasted in private trips. PDP is doomed.

  • Dr Patrick Kolawole Awosan

    President Ebele Jonathan wont stop displaying his leadership defect,cluelessness,ineptitudeness and incompetrency,as being president of OPEC is inconsequential to the World economy nowadays.
    Nigerian oil minister Alison Madueke becoming president of Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries[OPEC] does not classify Nigeria to any any economic/political power.It was quite naive of president Ebele Jonathan to be associating Nigerian petroleum minister becoming president of OPEC oil cartel as recognition of Nigerian economic/political power.
    Late Rilwanu Lukman,former Nigerian petroleum minister,occupied OPEC presidency consecutively for almost many years even under military rule and civilian rule.OPEC presidency ammount to no special status for Nigeria and of no benefit as international oil
    price continues to fall as USA stopped importing Nigerian oil and USA is now the largest shale-gas producer in the World.President Ebele Jonathan does not seems to possess adequate knowledge about World affairs and Ebele Jonathan must be an academic challenged student during school days.

  • Patrick I. Ibegbu

    Talk is cheap. Who are the Nigerians that will stand up to the ludicrous mess called Nigerian ethos? The proudly corrupted enterprise. Who will purge the sickly learned men of the jury? Stay in front and wave your flag, we shall count you in.

    Nigeria is proudly nepotistic. Check again at the tepid ministers of Buharinomics and stand truth on its head. Check the current constitution we operate, are there inherent institutional balancing.

    Let’s stop this tripod of armchair radicalism, status quo prognosis, ethnographic wisdom that crowd the psyches of our educated class.

  • Mayo

    I don’t believe that creating special tribunals to try cases of corruption is the solution. EFCC was created to investigate and prosecute cases of corruption but on the average what has EFCC achieved? The problem with EFCC is that they do not take time to carry out proper investigation. From the days of Nuhu Ribadu, EFCC has always been more of noise than real work. This is the reason why most of their cases fall apart when they get to court. The present EFCC chairman has continued or even worsened that trend. His men leak details of ongoing investigation to the media and even before a person is arrested, the details of the case are published and the person has been tried in the court of public opinion and convicted. But when the case gets to court, we find there is no ‘hard evidence’ to convict them and then the likes of Femi Falana starts saying corruption is fighting back.

    The same thing will probably happen if we establish special courts for corruption cases. EFCC will still be unprepared and cases will have to be adjourned because EFCC could not produce the accused in court or the Judge lambasts them for duplicate charges or for charging someone for something that is not currently in the law books. What Buhari should do is to give ‘marching orders’ to the Attorney General who oversees EFCC to professionalize the agency and get them to sit up.

  • Daniel

    Nigeria is in a quagmire. Buhari is far from being the solution.