No go­ing back on re­finer­ies pri­vati­sa­tion – Dikki

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Garba Muham­mad, Birnin Kebbi

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.

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