Rilwanu Lukman

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Rilwanu Lukman (26 August 1938 – 21 July 2014) was an engineer and geologist who held several important positions in Nigeria and other parts of the world. He was the Secretary General of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) from 1 January 1995 to 31 December 2000. He was also Minister of Petroleum Resources under Nigerian presidentUmaru Yar'Adua, holding office until March 2010.[1][2]

Rilwanu Lukman
Federal Minister of Mines, Power and Steel
In office
Federal Minister of Petroleum Resources
In office
February 1986 – February 1990
Secretary General of OPEC
In office
1 January 1995 – 31 December 2000
Preceded bySubroto
Succeeded byAlí Rodríguez Araque
Minister of Petroleum Resources
In office
18 December 2008 – 17 March 2010
Preceded byEdmund Daukoru
Succeeded byDiezani Allison-Madueke
Personal details
Born(1938-08-26)26 August 1938
Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria
Died21 July 2014(2014-07-21) (aged 75)
Vienna, Austria

Education[change | change source]

Lukman was born and raised in Zaria, Kaduna State. He trained at Ahmadu Bello University. He moved to Imperial College London. He earned a higher degree in mining engineering from the University of Mining and Metallurgy in Leoben, Austria. He obtained a degree in Mineral Economics from McGill University, Montreal and an honorary doctorate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Bologna in Italy.[3]

Career[change | change source]

Lukman began his career as an Assistant Mining Engineer in Sweden. He then returned to Nigeria where he was appointed an Inspector of Mines, then Senior Inspector and then Acting Assistant Chief Inspector in the Federal Ministry of Mines & Power in Jos, Plateau State. In 1979, Lukman became general manager and chief executive officer of the Nigerian Mining Corporation, Jos.[4][5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Faucon, Benoît (2014-07-21). "OPEC Veteran Rilwanu Lukman Dies". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
  2. "OilVoice". Retrieved 2021-10-14.
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