“The fact that we have saved over a billion dollars through the Direct Sale Direct Purchase programme, it is something. Otherwise, it would have gone into private pockets.
“There are good people in the NNPC,’’ he said.
Kachikwu said that in spite of doom stories that abound in the country, the petroleum industry was one sector that had said “there is hope, we can find solutions; we can solve problems.
“The only thing that we must hold high is commitment and collegiality in trying to fix things. I believe if the petroleum ministry works, the rest of the country will work,’’ he said.
On the issue of refineries, he said that the fact that they were working today was because there were local engineers who were able to resuscitate them.
“The feeling of the Federal Executive Council and the President is that we should first get the refineries to be efficient before we talk about privatization, otherwise, we will be selling scraps.
“In their present state, nobody is going to offer you serious money. A huge amount of investment is going into this.
“Secondly, there are union issues; we do not just take decisions, not recognizing that people work there.
“If you privatise in a hurry and are sucked into union issues, that closes the place and it does not function for years,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 7 Big Wins is a roadmap the petroleum ministry has embarked on to focus on short and medium term priorities to grow Nigeria’s oil and gas industry between 2015 and 2019.
The focus of the roadmap is Niger Delta and Security, Policy and Regulation, Business Environment and Investment Drive and Transparency and Efficiency.
It also includes Stakeholder Management and International Coordination, Gas Revolution and Refineries and Local Production Capacity.