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Atiku, El-rufai trade words over NITEL sale

20 August 2015, 16:09

Abuja - Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and Governor of Kaduna State Nasir El-Rufai, are trading blames over controversial Pentascope deal through which the federal government tried to privatize Nigeria’s telecoms carrier, the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited, NITEL, Naij reports.

The two politicians have been throwing verbal missiles at each while also accusing each other of corruption in a deal many believed was fraught with corruption.

El-Rufai fired the first salvo through his book “The Accidental Public Servant”, when he suggested that Atiku, as chairman of the National Council on Privatization, NCP, meddled in the privatisation of NITEL which ultimately truncated the process.

He said that Atiku, who was Chairman of the National Council for Privatisation, gave a written approval to enter into a contractual agreement with Pentascope to manage NITEL on February 21, 2003.

Also read:Buhari to personally probe sale of NITEL

The governor explained further that the Pentascope deal was made following what he described as a competitive selective process following an earlier decision that a management firm be engaged to prepare NITEL to operate like a private firm in addition to preserving its assets.

Atiku, in his capacity as the Vice President of the Federal Republic, was chairman of the NCP, the government committee entrusted with the responsibility of managing the privatization programme initiated by the Olusegun Obasanjo administration to handle the disposal of public enterprises to interested Nigerians and other categories of investors.

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