Buhari should not act as petroleum min­is­ter - Issa Aremu

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Romoke W. Ah­mad, Ilorin

The na­tional deputy pres­i­dent of the Nige­ria Labour Congress (NLC), Com­rade Issa Aremu, has ad­vised Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari to re­scind his de­ci­sion to make him­self the petroleum min­is­ter.

Aremu said Pres­i­dent Buhari would send a wrong sig­nal that the na­tion’s econ­omy will still largely de­pend on the oil and gas sec­tor if he went ahead to be­come petroleum min­is­ter.

The NLC boss urged the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to re­vive the rail trans­porta­tion sys­tem, not­ing that jobs can be cre­ated through rail trans­porta­tion more than jobs cre­ated from the oil and gas in­dus­try.

He said this while speak­ing with jour­nal­ists in Ilorin, on the side­line of the 7th day fi­dau prayer for the re­pose of the soul of his late mother, Al­haja Afusatu Aremu.

He said, “Pres­i­dent Buhari wants to be another min­is­ter of petroleum re­sources. He does not need that. He should rather be min­is­ter of rail­way or textile.

“What I am say­ing is that the fu­ture of Nige­ria lies in man­u­fac­tur­ing. I think he should rather man­age the real sec­tor of the econ­omy. Oil is ex­haustible. Ja­pan, China don’t have oil and gas. Yet, they are pro­duc­ing all the elec­tron­ics and cars we are us­ing.”

He added, “For him to as­sume the min­is­te­rial po­si­tion of the petroleum re­sources means that we are still oil de­pen­dent in our fo­cus. We should not re­duce re­sources to ex­haustible oil and gas. The great­est re­source God gives all is the hu­man re­sources. For me, oil and gas is be­ing mis­man­aged be­cause the hu­man re­sources are not well man­aged.

“Pres­i­dent

Buhari

has promised ‘change’ but I have not seen change in that his de­ci­sion at all. He is just go­ing the way of for­mer Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo. There is dan­ger in that be­cause the oil and gas sec­tor is murky. It is cor­rup­tion driven. Who will take care of the cor­rupt peo­ple when the per­son that should do that is also in­volved? The point I am mak­ing is that we want a new ap­proach in han­dling the oil and gas sec­tor.”

He, how­ever, de­scribed Pres­i­dent Buhari’s in­de­pen­dence speech as very re­mark­able. He also ob­served that the coun­try had never been short of min­is­ters but good gov­er­nance.

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