- The NNPC has warned politicians to stop dragging it into their electioneering schemes ahead of the forthcoming general polls
- The spokesman of the corporation, Ndu Ughamadu, maintained that the NNPC is run by technocrats who have no business in politics
- Ughamadu said that the business environment in which the corporation operates is not fit for political tactics and schemes
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), through its management has called on political candidates in the forthcoming polls to desist from using the body as a means to implement their electioneering schemes.
In a statement made available to Legit.ng, the NNPC group general manager, group public affairs division, Ndu Ughamadu, on Wednesday, January 23, in Abuja, said using the corporation as a tool for political war was unhealthy for common national interest and harmful to Nigeria's economy, considering NNPC’s key function in the the nation's resources.
Ughamadu said that this position by the NNPC was necessitated by the fact that some of its top staff are being dragged into partisan politics by politicians.
The spokesperson said that being a national oil company that attracts partners throughout the world, moves by politicians to entangle it in the maze of politics spell doom for the corporation’s business interests, and chances of economic boom.
The NNPC further said that it is wrong for politicians to use the corporation to get the support of the electorate since the business environment in which it operates is not cut out for such.
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It added that the NNPC is a public corporate entity managed by topnotch technocrats who have no business in politics and tribal affiliation.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Atiku Abubakar, former vice president had vowed to privatise the NNPC if he is elected as Nigeria's next president at the forthcoming 2019 election.
Atiku made this known on Wednesday, January 16, while addressing the business community in Lagos.
According to him, “I am committed to privatizing NNPC, I said it. “I swear, even if they are going to kill me, I will do it.”
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