The Nigerian Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu has vowed to resign his appointment as minister if by 2019 Nigeria is not yet self-sufficient in petrol production.
Dr. Kachikwu made the pronouncement while fielding questions with Stephen Sackur on a BBC program. The minister who said he is a man of his words asserted that he has delivered on all the promises he made while assuming office. In his words, he “took Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and made it a profit-making organization”, adding that it is the first time in the nation’s history the organization is to be reshaped successfully.
The minister enumerated his achievements so far to include the removal of what he called the ‘cash call deficit of over $6 billion’ which he renegotiated.
He pledges to drive a future for oil that works for Nigeria stressing that time is needed to fix things as all can be made perfect overnight.
As to when the nation will be self-sufficient in terms of refined petroleum products, he said the target is 2019 promising that he will work hard to realize the target.