NNPC can help Nigeria out of recession – Chief Obasanjo

Titilayo Ipinjolu, Abuja

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has called for the urgent reform of the business operations model of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in order to lift the economy out of recession and create wealth for Nigerians.

He said “If there is any organisation that can help us quickly get out of recession, it is NNPC. If you work hard, you can get around the situation. I want to encourage you and hope that the little difference we have started seeing will continue.”

Chief Obasanjo made this call when the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru visited him at his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta.

“What I do understand is reforms. I believe Organisations like the NNPC should be reformed. I don’t understand this talk of selling of national assets. Selling of national assets is wrong. But reform is what I think should be done so that we can run the business of NNPC the way it should be run,” Chief Obasanjo stated.

In his remarks, Dr. Baru commended the vision of Chief Obasanjo in the Oil and Gas Industry assuring that he and his management team are committed to efficiently in transforming the NNPC for better performance, growth and profitability.

“We appreciate your call for diversification into agriculture business and other energy sources. We are currently rejuvenating our Renewable Energy business. We will continue to work hard towards realizing your lofty dreams of seeing NNPC grow into a transformed NOC without interference,” Dr. Baru said.