Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources,Amb.Gabriel Tanimu Aduda has congratulated the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on what he called “the significant strides made in energy governance and the transformative impact of petroleum supply worldwide over the past six decades.”
Amb. Aduda, who made known the above in Abuja,Friday, in a congratulatory message for the commemoration of the organisation’s 63rd anniversary of its establishment, made available to newsmen, emphasized the noble roles OPEC has continued to play in the global energy sector in the past six decades.
In the words of the highly-cerebral Nigerian bureaucrat,who is also,the Nigerian Governor of OPEC,the message titled:
“OPEC Commemorates 63 Years of Progress, Cooperation, and Shared Vision in Energy Governance: Embarking on Another Historic Era for Nations and the Globe”, read:
“The story of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is an extraordinary tale of collective vision, cooperation, collaboration, and unwavering determination. It all began on September 14, 1960, at the Al-Shaab Hall in Iraq, where the Heads of Delegation from five Founding Nations united to establish what would eventually become a formidable force revolutionizing the history of global oil production and exports.
“The resolute actions and unwavering commitment of OPEC have left an indelible mark on history, exemplifying the value of perseverance and the relentless pursuit of results. As we celebrate the birth of this remarkable idea and the immense progress made by OPEC over the past 63 years, Nigeria takes great pride in joining the global community in honoring this occasion.
“On behalf of our esteemed President, H.E. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, and the wonderful people of our beloved nation, I extend heartfelt congratulations to HRH, Their Excellencies, the Secretary General, and Members of the OPEC Conference, the Board of Governors, the Secretariat, and the Economic Commission Board on this auspicious commemoration of OPEC’s 63 years of progress.
“Undoubtedly, our nation stands proudly alongside OPEC, acknowledging the significant strides made in energy governance and the transformative impact of petroleum supply worldwide over the past six decades. Alongside our fellow members and non-OPEC countries, OPEC has consistently championed lofty ideals and objectives aimed at advancing sustainable development goals through energy provision and environmental preservation.
“Through extensive cooperation with non-OPEC oil-producing nations, OPEC has continued to make informed decisions in fostering market stability within the global energy sector. Nigeria is gratified to note that OPEC, in accordance with the Declaration of Cooperation initiated in 2016 between OPEC and non-OPEC countries, culminating in the signing of the Charter of Cooperation in 2019, has maintained a commendable status as an intergovernmental organization at the United Nations and worldwide.
“On this momentous occasion, we, the people of Nigeria, join our OPEC counterparts and the global community in fervent prayer, echoing the sentiments of the OPEC Secretariat, for even greater prosperity and success in the days and years ahead.
Long live OPEC!
Long live our member nations!
Long live the entire globe,” he concluded.
Founded in 1960 in Iraq by Heads of Delegation from five countries, including Iraq,Iran,Saudi Arabia as well as Kuwait and Venezuela,to address issues surrounding oil production,pricing and exports,OPEC was for five years headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland,before relocating to its present headquarters in Vienna, Austria,from where it has grown in size and influence to its present 13-member nations.