The General Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), Mele Kyari has said that the Corporation will no longer be in existence within 6 months.
His comments are coming a day after President, Muhammadu Buhari signed into law the controversial Petroleum Industry Bill.
Kyari made the revelation while speaking on Arise TV on Monday, adding that the corporation will be transformed into a private company.
“Coming back to the NNPC, the provision of the law clearly states that the corporation will be transformed into a CAMA company. The meaning of this is that the company will just be another privately-owned company, in a sense.
“This company will pay taxes, royalties, and dividends to its shareholders. This isn’t the situation today because the corporation has no such obligation. This has stalled its development, Its growth, and its prosperity.
“According to the new Petroleum Industry Act, a new company will be incorporated within six months.
“That means all assets and liabilities of the NNPC will be transferred to the new company.
“Not all of them, by the way. The bill is very clear. Some toxic assets of the corporation may not be transferred. The federation or shareholders can decide to keep some of the assets and leave some with the corporation.
“Therefore, you are going to have a much more efficient, much slimmer, much more commercial national oil company.”