The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, says he will sell the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and retain just 10 per cent of the company for the Federal Government.
In an interview with The African Report, Atiku, who presided over the National Council on Privatisation during his tenure as vice-president, said the NNPC was supposed to have become more profitable by now.
On whether he would sell NNPC and keep 10 per cent shares for the government, he said, “Yes, I would want to go ahead. There is no doubt about that. The government should have a very minor shareholding. Nigeria is in dire need of funds to develop its infrastructure and other sectors of the economy.”
Speaking further on the privatisation of the nation’s oil company, the former vice president said Nigeria ought to have been producing far more than two million barrels of oil per day.
“Without a stable regulatory framework, the oil and gas companies will find it difficult to invest more in Nigeria.
“At the time, we pushed for the passage of the new law. We expected that Nigeria would be able to export up to four million barrels per day, but here we are, still at less than two million barrels per day.”
Atiku has anchored his campaign on restructuring of the country, with a promise to provide jobs as a means of tackling the crippling widespread poverty.