Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, has been nominated by President Goodluck Jonathan to become Secretary-General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), when the tenure of incumbent Abdullah al-Badri of Iraq expires in December 2014.
If the move sails through, Alison-Madueke will become the first female Secretary-General of OPEC.
Seventy-four-year-old al-Badri has been Secretary-General of OPEC since 2007. He was also Libyan Minister for Oil and Electricity between 1990 and 2000.
Alison-Madueke, who like al-Badri, is a long-serving government official, was appointed Minister of Transportation by then President Olusegun Obasanjo on 26th July, 2007.
In a cabinet reshuffle in 2008, she was moved to the Mines and Steel Development ministry. In 2010, President Goodluck Jonathan appointed her as Minister of Petroleum Resources.
Alison-Madueke is also one of the most controversial ministers in the Jonathan administration, having been rocked by numerous allegations of financial improprieties. However, throughout his tenure, the president is known to always shield her from any form of legislative inquiry into these financial allegations by his critics.