NACCIMA Advises Buhari Against Appointing Himself As Petroleum Minister


The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) thinks it is a bad idea for President Muhammadu Buhari to act as Minister of Petroleum. The association said the President would be distracted and overload himself with excess workload if he does not appoint a Petroleum Minister.

“It will distract him and not give him the required space and work time to be able to administer facets of the economy and policies,” Mr. Billy Harry, National Vice President, NACCIMA, told Vanguard in an interview in Abuja, noting that the President already had too much work to do to now saddle himself with a ministerial appointment.

“We have so many more issues other oil. Agriculture alone can swallow everything that oil is doing.”

“Agriculture alone can give us over 500 per cent of income stream of what oil is doing. So, does it mean that if he wants to curb corruption in that sector, he has to also be minister of agriculture?

“The President has to be very focused on job of supervising the entire economy as a polity. I don’t think I will advise him to saddle himself with additional responsibility,” Harry said.