Former NNPC Group Managing Director Dies
OpenLife Nigeria has gathered that a former group managing director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo is dead.
Secretary General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, died at about 11pm on Tuesday. He was aged 63.
His death was announced in the early hours of Wednesday by NNPC GMD, Mele Kyari, who described his departure as a great loss to his immediate family, NNPC Nigeria, OPEC and global energy community.
In a statement on his verified twitter handlle, @MKKyari, at 4.32am Weddnesday, the NNPC GMD wrote:”We lost our esteemed Dr Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo. He died at about 11pm yesterday 5th July 2022. Certainly a great loss to his immediate family, the NNPC, our country Nigeria, the OPEC and the global energy community. Burial arrangements will be announced shortly,”
Though the cause of his death was not disclosed in the tweet, Barkindo was received at the State House Tuesday by President Muhammadu Buhari, who lauded the outgoing OPEC secretary general six year tenure and described him as a worthy ambassador of Nigeria.
Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo was born on April 20 1959.
He has been the Secretary General of OPEC since August 1, 2016.
He previously served as Acting Secretary General in 2006 and represented Nigeria on OPEC’s Economic Commission Board between 1993–2008.
He led the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC between 2009–2010, and has headed Nigeria’s technical delegation to UN climate negotiations since 1991.