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I will resign if Nigeria imports fuel by 2019

Nigeria’s minister of state for petroleum Ibe Kachikwu in an interview with Stephen Sackur on BBC Hardtalk said he will resign by 2019 if Nigeria is not self-sufficient in petrol production.

Kachikwu who noted that he is a man of his words said he has fulfilled all promises since he assumed office.

“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,” he said.

When Sackur asked 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 asked again “And if you don’t achieve it, you’ll walk?” Kachikwu then replied saying, “Yes, of course, that is the reason why you are in government.”


Solomon Obende
Solomon Obende is a graduate of Public Administration from the prestigious Ambrose Alli University who is passionate about communications for development. He is proficient in crafting effective social media strategies. He listens to Jimmy Cliff's songs daily.

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