The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has restated his plan to privatize the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), if elected into office on February 23.
Backstory: The presidential aspirant made this known at the Kaduna Trade Fair Complex on Wednesday, while addressing supporters at a town hall meeting which had in attendance, PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, former Vice President Namadi Sambo, former PDP chairman, Ahmed Makarfi, among others.
NNPC has been Dormant: Atiku said he is committed to seeing the oil sector reach its full potential as the NNPC has failed to accomplish the mandate which motivated its establishment in 1977.
Drawing similarities with the sale to that of the now defunct Nigerian Telecommunication Limited (NITEL), the former vice president explained that selling off the corporation and all three Nigerian refineries would be the best option for the country.
He lamented that despite Nigeria’s position as one of the biggest producers of crude, the country still has to import refined products for local consumption at exorbitant prices, which makes it hard for regular Nigerians, and defeats the purpose of the NNPC.
An Inclusive and Diverse Government: Calling on the people of Kaduna to come out in their numbers to show support for the PDP at all levels of government, Atiku also promised to run a government built on including youths and women.
The PDP candidate stated that his government will ensure that 40 per cent of its appointments are given to the youth, while 30 per cent, would be set aside for women.
He further assured the people of his commitment to education, as well as women and youth empowerment, by setting up scholarship programmes, and Small and Medium Enterprise Agencies.
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