The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has described Nigeria as one of the most admired member countries in the global oil market.
The Secretary-General of OPEC, Mohammad Barkindo, disclosed this in his congratulatory message released on Monday to mark the 50th anniversary of Nigeria’s OPEC membership.
“Nigeria is consistently regarded as one of the most admired and respected members of the OPEC family, particularly in the realm of consensus-building. Many giants of Nigerian public service have been responsible for this successful relationship.
“Today is an important opportunity to reflect on their legacy and give thanks for the ways in which they have moulded our organisation.
“I firmly believe that the partnership between OPEC and Nigeria can continue to flourish over the next 50 years. In undertaking this noble endeavour, we will continue to rely on your full support,’’ Mr Barkindo said.
He quoted President Muhammadu Buhari as saying on Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary that if Nigerians pursued aspirations together, they would achieve much.
“These are sagacious words, and I see them as a guide for the future of OPEC and Nigeria’s membership of our organisation. We are always stronger together.
“Once again, Mr President, allow me to thank you for your steadfast support for OPEC. You have made an immeasurable contribution to the betterment of our organisation,’’ he said.
He noted that the unique relationship between OPEC and Nigeria had many positive effects for both parties.
“The intertwining of the destinies of OPEC and Nigeria even precedes membership. On September 14, 1960, OPEC was founded on the bank of the River Tigris in Baghdad. Just two weeks later, on October 1, 1960, Nigeria joined the fraternity of independent nations.
“Since these momentous events, both OPEC and Nigeria have repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to the universal values of international cooperation, dialogue, sustainable development, and working toward the common good,’’ he added.