The Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF), has described the sudden demise of Secretary-General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Dr. Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo as shocking and sad at a time his contribution is needed in the development of the country.
Governor of Plateau State and Chairman of the Forum, Simon Bako Lalong, stated that the forum received with shock the death of the OPEC Secretary-General that was on official duties in Nigeria when the unfortunate incident of his death occurred.
The chairman in a statement described the demise of Dr. Barkindo as a great loss to his family, Nigeria and the international community, saying that his contributions to the energy sector and development of oil and gas in Nigeria and throughout the world is quite appreciative.
He described Dr. Barkindo as a technocrat who distinguished himself in the field of oil and gas by putting in many years in the industry and rising to head the NNPC where he led many reforms and initiatives to transform the industry and the country at large.
According to Governor Lalong, “Dr. Barkindo gave a good account of himself when he was elected Secretary General of OPEC as he led the Organisation through some of the most challenging periods in global energy crisis and the COVID-19 Pandemic by ensuring recovery and stability.”
The chairman, Northern States Governors Forum said he was proud of his achievements and support towards the passage of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), and the exploration of oil and gas prospects across various parts of the country.
While commiserating with the family and people of Adamawa State, the chairman prayed God to grant his soul eternal rest and comfort the family.