Only about three weeks after she was elected alternate president of the Organisation of Oil Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Nigeria’s Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, has again added a feather to her cap, after being elected President of Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF).
The oil minister’s appointment was announced at the as made in Doha, Qatar, at the ongoing 16th Ministerial Conference of the GECF. in Doha, Qatar, said a statement signed by the General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of NNPC, in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Alison-Madueke who was represented at the meeting by the Nigerian Ambassador to Qatar, His Excellency Shuaibu Ahmed, could not attend the Forum, due to her engagement in the on-going negotiations to end oil workers’ strike in Nigeria.
Nigeria is one of the 12 leading producers of natural gas globally, who control over 70 per cent of the global natural gas reserves,and 85 per cent of the global liquefied natural gas production.
They are: Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya and Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela. Other countries that enjoy observer-member status of the forum include Kazakhstan, Iraq, the Netherlands, Norway and Oman.