Former OPEC Secretary General, Rilwanu Lukman, Is Dead


Former Secretary General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and two term Nigeria’s Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Rilwanu Lukman, is dead.

Family sources said Lukman died early today in Vienna, Austria after a protracted illness.

Late Lukman served Nigeria in various capacities as, Minister of Mine, Power and Steel,1984 to 1985; Minister Petroleum Resources from 1986 to 1989 and Minister Foreign Affairs 1989 to 1990 and later again as Minister, Petroleum Resources.

Born on August 26, 1938, Lukman was former Secretary General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 2000.

Lukman served as Special Advisor to the Board of Gasol Plc. He was the founder of African Gas Development Corp. He was Mining Engineer & International Consultant on Petroleum & Mineral Resources. He served as Presidential Adviser to the president on Petroleum Resources Alternate Chairman, NNPC. Dr. Lukman served as Presidential Adviser on Petroleum and Energy Matters to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

He was made a Knight of the British Empire (KBE) in 1989 and Officer of the Legion d’Honneur of France in 1990. Lukman is founder of Afren PLC and served as its Non-Executive Chairman from November 2, 2006 to December 2008.

He was founder of the African Petroleum Producers Association and served as its Chairman. He has been Chairman of Gasol Plc since August 1, 2013. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) from 1993 to 1994. He served as Chairman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. He has been an Independent Director at Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. since February 2012.

He served as Member of Supervisory Board at Dietsmann N.V. He was a Non-Executive Director of International Mining & Infrastructure Corporation plc since January 25, 2012. He was also a Director of Ivanplats Limited since February 14, 2012. He served as Director of Mpf Corp. Ltd., and Jaiz Bank PLC.

A Member of Advisory Board at Wilton Resources Inc., since November 28, 2012, late Lukman served as Director of AIICO Insurance Plc since December 4, 2003. He served as Non-Executive Director of Afren Plc., from February 16, 2005 to December 2008.

He was a Director of MPF Corp. Ltd. Dr. Lukman received B.Sc. (Hons) in Mining Engineering from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London in 1962, Postgraduate Certificate in Mining & Mineral Exploration from 1967 to 1968 from the University of Mining & Metallurgy, Leoben, Austria, postgraduate in Mineral Economics from 1977 to 1978 from McGill University, Montreal and PhD in Chemical Engineering in 1988 from University of Bologna, Italy.
He held Doctorate degree from University of Maiduguri in Nigeria. He held Doctor of Science Degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Two Honorary Doctorate degrees from Moore House College, Atlanta, USA and University of Benin in 1992 and 2002 respectively.