Edmund Daukoru

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Edmund Maduabebe Daukoru
Minister of State for Energy
In office
July 2005 – May 2007
President of OPEC
In office
1 January 2006 – 31 December 2006
Amayanabo of Nembe
Incumbent
Assumed office
23 February 2008
Preceded by Kien Ambrose Ezeolisa Alagoa, Mingi XI
Personal details
Born (1943-10-13) 13 October 1943 (age 70)

Dr. Edmund Maduabebe Daukoru (born 13 October 1943) is a former Nigerian Minister of State for Energy and was President of Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in 2006.

Background[edit]

His Majesty, King Daukoru was born on 13 October 1943 in the oil-rich Bayelsa State. He obtained a Ph.D in Geology from Imperial College London. He was employed by Shell International Petroleum Company in 1970, where he rose from Chief Geologist to General Manager of Exploration in Nigeria.[citation needed] In 1992, he became Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.[1]

Political career[edit]

In 2003,His Majesty, King Edmund Daukoru became Presidential Advisor on Petroleum and Energy, and in July 2005 was appointed Minister of State for Energy in the cabinet of President Olusegun Obasanjo.[1] He was appointed President of OPEC on 1 January 2006 for a one-year term.[2]

Traditional ruler[edit]

Daukoru was appointed the Amayanabo, or traditional ruler of Nembe Kingdom in Bayelsa state, taking the name Mingi XIII.[3] Rivalries between the Bassambiri and Ogbolomabiri communities of the old Nembe Kingdom date back over 200 years. In April 2010 the Bayelsa State government attempted once more to resolve these issues, bringing together Daukoru with Ralph Iwowari, Amanyanabo of Nembe Bassambiri, and other chiefs to find a solution.[4] After the meeting both kings said they were optimistic that the differences between the two feuding communities could be resolved.[5] In August 2010 Daukoru's palace was attacked by armed youths in speedboats who tied up the guards, stole the traditional regalia and destroyed the palace.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NIGERIA - Profile - Edmund Daukoru.". APS Review Downstream Trends. August 22, 2005. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  2. ^ Hector Igbikiowubo (6 January 2006). "Daukoru Becomes OPEC President". Vanguard. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  3. ^ Hector Igbikiowubo (November 16, 2009). "Daukoru harps on optimising returns on petroleum". Vanguard. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  4. ^ "Bayelsa promotes peace in Nembe". 234Next. 2010-04-19. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  5. ^ Femi Folaranmi (May 5, 2010). "At Nembe, it’s a new, peaceful dawn". Nigeria Best Forum. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  6. ^ Samuel Oyadongha (August 11, 2010). "Daukoru's Nembe palace attacked, artifacts stolen". Vanguard. Retrieved 2010-09-18.