APC scuttles my Plans to Reform NNPC – Atiku

The presidential candidate of opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Abubakar Atiku has reacted to the commercialization of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, NNPC, saying the All Progressives Congress, APC-led government denigrated him for his plans to reform the NNPC.

Atiku made the assertion on Wednesday in a statement via his verified Twitter handle.

The PDP presidential candidate stated that he had in 2018 made public his plans to reform the NNPC to make it more profitable, transparent and efficient.

He added that “The APC-led government denigrated me for my patriotic vision.”

Atiku said, “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 in the right direction, but we are still far from what I had envisaged.”

The former vice president, however, said he hopes he will have the opportunity to complete the process of turning the NNPC into a genuinely world-class company in the mold of NLNG, Aramco of Saudi Arabia and Petrobras of Brazil, where Nigerians and institutions will invest in.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari has unveiled the new identity of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, NNPC, which now makes the corporation a limited liability company by shares.

The NNPC Limited is expected to be run as a private energy enterprise.

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