As Nigerians we ought to be proud that we have produced the first ever OPEC Female President in Diezani Alison-Madueke. It’s a feat worth recognising and to some extent celebrating.
However, as is the norm in Nigeria many will like to celebrate this feat in different ways with some probably liking her accession to the presidency to that of winning a Nobel laureate. Just check out how an article in Thisday explained the relevance of Diezani as the President of OPEC. Here is an excerpt.
There is no iota of doubt that Alison-Madueke will have a most successful reign as OPEC president if her achievements in the oil sector at home are anything to go by. Without any shade of doubts she is also transforming the critical oil sector by increasing local content and daily production to boost the economy. More importantly, the minister is working herself crazy in trying to get Nigerians to reap the maximum benefits of their status as oil-producing nation through the Petroleum Industry Bill before the National Assembly. And more than any other petroleum minister before her in our country, Alison-Madueke is dealing with the issue of gas flaring with admirable courage and the missionary zeal it requires given the calibre and muscles of the multi-national oil companies moving to frustrate her policy on gas.
For all her tough and patriotic reforms in the oil industry, Alison-Madueke has gathered for herself a motley crowd of enemies whose toes she has stepped on in the national interest.
Reading articles like this (the highlights) makes you wonder sometimes if you actually live in the same world with some people. If you consider that the PIB bill is yet to be passed and the scandals that have rocked NNPC in recent times you wonder who exactly should be impressed by the so-called “Rise”. Nigerian still hasn’t gotten an answer to the missing $20b and the NNPC is yet to release its audited accounts.