Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State for Petroleum, has said he will resign from office if the country still imports crude oil by 2019.
Kachikwu said he had kept all of the promises he made since he became a public official in Nigeria. The minister said he sets targets and meets them, vowed to resign if he does not deliver on this particular promise of Nigeria becoming a net exporter of petroleum products by 2019.
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The minister as a guest on BBC’S Hardtalk with Stephen Sacker:
I have delivered on all that I have promised when I came into office. First, I took Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and made it a profit-making organisation. This is the first time in history, I reshaped the organisation.
I removed cash call deficits of over $6bn and renegotiated it. Everything that I have promised since coming into office, I have delivered. I will deliver on the refineries and I’m committed to it.
I will also deliver a future for oil that makes sense for Nigeria. Bear in mind one has been there for one and a half years, the president has been there for two years; I can’t pretend that we’re going to solve in one day all the problems that happened in Nigeria in the past.
Asked again when Nigeria will be self-sufficient in crude refining, he said, “our target is 2019…don’t worry, I put the date, I’ll work it.”
Sackur interrupted, saying, “And if you don’t achieve it, you’ll walk?” and Kachikwu replied saying,“Yes, of course, that is the reason why you are in government.”
When the Minister was asked about President Muhammadu Buhari ’s health, he said he didn’t know the details of the president’s medical treatment.
He is in London; he’s undergoing hospital treatment. I don’t know the details of that. I obviously wouldn’t know. But…he’s back in London, he ’s continued some levels of meetings.
He has a very efficient vice president who is sitting in for him in his absence.
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Commenting further, Mr. Kachikwu explained that he had delivered on all his promises, stating that he made the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, a profit-making organisation.
I will deliver on the refineries and I’m committed to it. I will deliver a future for oil that makes sense for Nigeria.
I can ’t pretend that we’re going to solve in one day all the problems that happened in Nigeria in the past