The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has disclosed that he was never in support of the Federal Government handing over the New Nigerian Newspapers (NNN) to the 19 Northern States, when he was at the helm of affairs of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), because he knew they would not be able to manage it properly.
He revealed this 16 years later, when granting audience to the top management staff of the NNN at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna on Wednesday.
The governor lamented that the Northern governors then only made moves to reclaim the company from the Federal Government for political reasons, without putting other factors into consideration.
El-Rufai explained that his suggestion then was for the company to be privatised and proceeds handed over to the 19 northern states.
“I resisted them till I left BPE in 2003. I told them they were making a mistake,” he said.
The Kaduna State Governor said that if the northern governors then were really committed to the NNN, they would have used the boom years between 2007 and 2013 to reposition the company, but they didn’t.
Earlier in his remarks, the Managing Director of New Nigerian Newspapers, Malam Tukur Abdulrahman said that they were at the Government House to commend Governor El-Rufai personally and the 19 Northern Governors for their efforts at repositioning the company
He said that the NNN management and other stakeholders were delighted that since this present set of governors came on board in 2015, there have been tremendous efforts at repositioning the company.
“We are grateful to you your Excellency, for your personal interventions that have seen to hopes for our pensioners,” he added.
Accompanying the Managing Director on the visit, were the company’s Head of Accounts, Personnel Manager, Welfare Manager, Advert Manager, Internal Auditor and Online Editor.