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OPEC and Nigeria, 51 years later

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By Dawn

We take a look at OPEC and what membership has done for Nigeria.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is a powerful alliance of oil-rich nations that work together to control a significant portion of the world’s oil supply. This gives them considerable sway over the Global Economy and their decisions can impact prices at the pump for consumers around the world.

OPEC’s controls 40% of the total supply on the market, and this outcome has at times allowed the organization to act and operate similarly to how cartels operate. Prices and supply levels are adjusted to ensure profitability and members manipulate global oil prices. By controlling production, OPEC can impact the global Supply and Demand for oil, which in turn affects the price of oil products. While this power has at times been used to the advantage of its members, it has also resulted in negative consequences for the Global Economy.

OPEC’s market power has diminished in recent decades.

Since its establishment in 1960, OPEC has grown and contracted in membership. The original founding members were Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela. Expansion has brought new members on board, including Qatar, Indonesia, Libya, and Nigeria, while contraction has led to the departure of others, such as Ecuador and Gabon. The cartel’s operation style, size and composition has shifted over time as a result of its efforts to manage production and prices in the global oil market.

Nigeria first joined OPEC as an observer in 1971 and has been a key member of the organization, with a seat on the Board of Governors, ever since. As a major oil producer and exporter, Nigeria has been a key contributor to OPEC’s efforts to manage global oil supply and prices. OPEC has used its power to impose economic pain on non-member countries, and it has a reputation for being a powerful and influential organization. However, OPEC’s market power has diminished in recent decades as the global oil market has become more competitive.

A more stable environment for the Nigerian oil industry.

Nigeria is a key player in the global oil market, with oil production accounting for a significant share of the country’s GDP. Nigeria’s oil contributions represent a total of only 3.1% of the supply in the global oil market. The country’s oil sector is a critical driver of its economy, and the government has taken steps to improve the Investment climate and attract foreign Investment in the sector.

OPEC’s actions have helped to ensure that oil prices remain stable, providing Nigeria with a predictable source of Revenue. Nigeria has benefitted from the Organization’s efforts to stabilize the oil market. In addition, by managing production levels and working to ensure a balanced market, OPEC has helped to create a more stable environment for the Nigerian oil industry. This has helped to attract foreign Investment and support the growth of Nigeria’s oil sector.

Villages have called on the government to take action.

With all these benefits, why is Nigeria’s oil industry in a decaying state of repair? Energy generation in the country sits at 40% of the total capacity, many are without work in oil producing regions and the destruction of the environment and the health of citizens is an everyday occurrence. All this among further calls for the deregulation of the Oil and Gas Industry, some are wondering how bad conditions will get in the coming years. Many villages have called on the government to take action to address ongoing issues with oil/gas production facilities, but it is likely that Nigeria is in no position Politically or Economically to stand up to these organizations.

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