Omar Ibrahim, a Nigerian, has emerged secretary-general of the African Petroleum Producers’ Organization (APPO).
His appointment was ratified at the extraordinary session of the APPO council of ministers, which held in Abuja, on Thursday.
Ibrahim took over from Mahaman Gaya whose tenure ended same day.
The Nigerian, with a focus in international energy relations, has served as governor of the Organisation of Oil Exporting Countries (OPEC) for Nigeria since 2015.
He retired as group general manager in charge of international energy relations of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
In a statement, Ibrahim was commended for the good representation of Nigeria in the comity of other countries in the continent.
“With this new appointment, Nigeria has firmly solidified its position in both Africa and the Global Oil and Gas Scene as an Industry Leader. In consolidation, it is important to note that the current Secretary-General of OPEC, H.E. Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, is also a Nigerian,” the statement read.
“Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and the immediate past President of the African Petroleum Producers’ Organization (APPO), H.E. Chief Timipre Sylva, has continued to effectively provide the unparalleled leadership that has rightly emplaced Nigeria as an Industry Leader.”