Petroleum Resources Minister, Dieziani Alison-Madueke was on Thursday elected the first female OPEC President at the 166th Ordinary Meeting of the organization in Vienna, Austria.
Before bagging this highly influential position, she made spirited efforts to become the first female Secretary-General of the organization at the recent 165th Ordinary Meeting of OPEC.
She replaces former President of OPEC, Libyan Vice Prime Minister for Corporations, Abdourhman Atahar Al-Ahirish.
She was before her election this morning the alternate president of OPEC and is expected to immediately begin to serve her one-year term at the helm of OPEC affairs.
OPEC is expected to at the 166th meeting, take key decisions that could halt the dwindling price of crude oil.
Al-Ahirishhad in his opening remarks before the closed door meeting stated that ample supply, moderate demand, a stronger US dollar and uncertainties about global economic growth have been key factors in the recent price trend. This, he noted, was in addition to the impact of speculative activities in the oil market.