No going back on refineries privatisation – Dikki
Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) Mr Benjamin Dikki, said at the weekend that plans were on to ensure the privatization of refineries.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen at the 2014 Zuru Emirate Uhola Cultural Festival and Agricultural Show, Dikki said: “Right now, we are engaging ourselves to see whether we can reach an understanding on the privatization of the refineries. But, what I can assure you is that it is a question of time, the refineries will be privatized. The nature and structuring of the privatization is what we will determine.”
He said many people want the refineries to be privatized, but that because of agitation by NUPENG and PENGASSAN, the matter was put on hold.
“There have been threats by NUPENG and PENGASSAN to shut down the nation and the federal government will not do anything that will cause its citizens hardship. Turn around maintenance is not enough, there are other things that need to be done and the unions are saying that they want a scenario where the refineries are not sold 100 per cent”, he said.
While commending the Emir of Zuru, retired Major General Sani Sami, Dikki, who was also the chairman of the Uhola agric festival, called on the emirate to invite agric experts to train farmers on modern techniques.