Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited unveiled on Tuesday by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that, “the APC-led government denigrated me for my patriotic vision”.
The former vice president disclosed this on Twitter on Wednesday.
“I had in 2018 made public my plans to reform the NNPC to make it more profitable, transparent and efficient. The APC-led government denigrated my patriotic vision.
“But today, I am happy to note that the same government has taken a tentative step along the lines of the suggestions that I had made. It is a step a step in the right direction, but we are still far from what I had envisaged.
“I hope I’ll have the opportunity to complete the process of turning the NNPC into a genuinely world-class company in the mould of NLNG, Aramco of Saudi Arabia and Petrobras of Brazil, where Nigerians and institutions will invest in,” he wrote.
Atiku had repeatedly called on the federal government to sell off the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its refineries.
He made the call as part of his recommendations for defusing Nigeria’s high unemployment time bomb.
Buhari, who was accompanied by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila among other dignitaries at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja, described the NNPC Limited as the largest national oil company in Africa.
He said the new enterprise would also support sustainable growth across other sectors of the economy as it delivers energy to the world.