Here Are Three National Assets Buhari Must Not Sell

Here Are Three National Assets Buhari Must Not Sell

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According to RMAFC, as the debate on whether or not President Muhammadu Buhari should sell off some national assets continue, there are three he shouldn’t contemplate.
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According to Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), the sale of NLNG is not the best option:
“It is the considered view of the Commission that Nigeria’s assets like NLNG and other strategic national resources should not be sold to meet short-term financial obligation.”
NLNG is one of Nigeria’s biggest oil companies, employing a large workforce of Nigerians. Like Femi Falana rightly pointed out, most buyers engage in asset-stripping, the sale of NLNG will definitely result in loss of jobs and the placing of one of Nigeria’s prime assets in private hands who may not have the same goals.
The refineries in Warri, Port Harcourt and Kaduna are among the national assets the President is asked to consider selling. This however might be a bad idea because, the loss of thousand of jobs that might be an unintended consequence.
The sale of refineries might also lead to an increase in fuel price. Given the current state of the Nigerian economy, a hike in fuel price is the last thing the country needs.
Speaking on the proposed sale, NLC made the following statement:
“A sensible nation does not go on chest-thumping trying to sell its cash-cows or its performing assets in times of difficulties.
“These assets guarantees the nation’s present and future as it provides the much needed resources to continue running the nation. In Nigeria, we seem to have perfected the act of the absurd putting common sense and logic on its head all the time to our eternal detriment.”
Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is another of the nation’s assets that the president is being encouraged to sell. However this might be a bad idea because privatization exercises have not had a good success rate in Nigeria.
Speaking through the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), led by Joe Ajaero, warned that any attempt to sell the assets would be resisted as previous privatization exercises only made few privileged individuals to appropriate national assets to the detriment of the general masses.
“We assert that this call is contemptuous of the Nigerian nation and its suffering masses. To seek to sell our remaining national patrimony is to say the least an attempt to mortgage our collective future in favour of a few economic cannibals and Buccaneers who unconscionably have commandeered the Nigerian state and its levers of power with the hope of using it to hijack our national patrimony.”