FG Should Hand Off Oil And Gas Sector – El-Rufia
The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufia, says the federal government should get out of oil and gas.
He said the federal government has failed the oil and gas business. Rufai said the federal government should privatize the oil and gas sector before it brings the country to its knees.
El-Rufia said this in an interview on Channels Television, Sunrise Daily on the occasion of the seventh edition of KadInvest, an annual event organized by the Kaduna State Investment Promotion Agency on Thursday.
Speaking on the theme of this year’s KadInvest, ‘Building a Resilient Economy’, El-Rufai said whatever the government manages turns out bad and noted that the sectors doing well in the country like entertainment, telecoms, fintech, and others have no government involvement.
He said nothing has changed with the commercialization of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, NNPC, in July 2022, adding that NNPC is Nigeria’s biggest problem and should be privatized.
El-Rufai said though the Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPC Limited, Mele Kyari is trying his best, the company has failed and has no business being in the sector.
He cited an example of the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited which achieved nothing until the private sector came in and revolutionalized the telecoms business.
“I am giving this example so that when I say the government should get out of oil and gas, people should not think it is crazy; it is not. There is no reason why the Nigerian Government should still be in the oil and gas sector. It should just get out, it has failed. By every measure, it has failed.
“This year, NNPC has not brought N20,000 to the federation account. We are living on taxes. It is PPTs, royalties, income tax, and VAT that are keeping this country going because NNPC claims that subsidy has taken all the oil revenues. I don’t believe it,” El-Rufai noted.
The governor further argued that the Federal Government should get out of the power sector and privatize it for the country to overcome the hydra-headed and decades-long challenges of the sector.
“So, the government should sell everything in the oil and gas sector…The government should get out of everything that is left of electricity, leave it to the private sector, and create the environment, and the money will come. We did it in the telecoms sector,” he said.
Asked about the commercialization of the NNPC, he said, “Nothing has changed, it’s just a change in name with limited at the end.
“Nothing has changed, they are still taking our money, declaring profit that we don’t see the dividends.”