Shettima inaugurates National Council on Privatisation, tasks members on Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda

Vice President Kashim Shettima has called on the new members of the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) to station themselves on the frontline of actualising the renewed hope agenda of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration.

The Vice President said this Friday while inaugurating the newly constituted NCP at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

He said President Tinubu’s choice of the council’s membership was a reminder of what it can achieve with fresh ideas.

He said the council members must champion great reforms through disruptive minds and ideas, stressing that every great reform begins with a disruptive thinker, which the President symbolises.

Stressing that membership of the council is as crucial as its mission, the Vice President, who is also the chairman of the council, said the diverse talents and great depth of experience of persons speak volume of their ability to deliver. 

“Membership in this distinguished council symbolizes more than mere participation; it signifies a steadfast commitment and a resolute belief in our shared vision for a Nigeria brimming with opportunities, growth, and empowerment. It represents our collective pledge to propel the economy forward, build robust infrastructure, forge pathways to employment, and nurture an environment where productivity flourishes.

“By his approval, Mr. President has entrusted us with the strategic national assignment of piloting the nation’s economic sector reform, privatization, commercialization, and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) programme for the next four years.

“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, today’s inauguration invites us to take a front seat in the effort to actualise the Renewed Hope agenda of this government.

“Every great reform starts with a disruptive thinker, and President Bola Ahmed Tinubu stands as a testament to this fact, reminding us of what we can achieve by infusing fresh ideas into this Council.

“This gathering underscores our drive towards economic rejuvenation and liberalisation by unlocking the immense potential of Nigeria’s economy, with reforms, PPPs, and privatization at the forefront,” he said.

He urged members of the council not to rest on their oars in “ensuring accelerated growth of the economy, providing infrastructure, creating jobs, and providing an enabling environment for productive activities to flourish”, as they leverage on the nation’s enormous resources for the benefit of Nigerians.”

The council is made up of the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy Mr Wale Edun as Vice Chairman and the Secretary to  Government of the Federation (SGF), Sen. George Akume; Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi; Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu; Minister Industries, Trade, and Investment, Dr Doris Anite; and the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr Olayemi Cardoso as members.

Other members of the council are the Special Adviser to the President on Economic Affairs, Dr. Tope Fasua; Mr. Oluwole Oshin (Private Member); Mal. Mohammed Mustapha  (Private Member); Mr. Olayiwola Yahaya (Private Member); Mr. Akwa Effion Okon (Private Member), and the Director General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr Alex Okoh, as the Secretary.