The Managing Director of Federal Super phosphate Fertiliser Company (FSFC) Limited, Kaduna, Engineer Abdullahi Kanti, has declared that privatisation presents the best chance for the survival of Nigeria’s ailing public enterprises.
Speaking at a valedictory board meeting for government representatives on the board and the official handover of the remaining 10% government equity in the company to the workers, Kanti said. I strongly believe in privatisation. I was the MD of FSFC under federal ownership and now MD under private sector ownership and the difference is clear”.
He pointed out that bureaucratic bottle necks under government ownership prevented the company’s growth and profitability. He also noted under privatisation the staff were better remunerated and therefore, more motivated.
In his remarks at the occasion, the Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Dr. Christopher Anyanwu, advised the management and board of the company that while focusing on building and growing the company, they must also ensure that corporate governance is enthroned.
He also urged the board to ensure that standards are maintained “Do not just focus on rolling out products, but ensure that best practices are observed at all times. Keep an eye on best practices and ensure that safety standards are observed and workers are not exposed to unnecessary hazards”, he said.
Anyanwu said the management and board with its record achievements in such a short time of taking over was a proof that success could be achieved where there is commitment and honesty.
The BPE boss added that being able to put an old and disused plant into functionality is a credit to their leadership and vision. He reminded them that though government was no longer represented on the board, the post-privatisation monitoring functions would be effectively enforced.
Earlier, the chairman of the Board, Major General Aliyu Kama (Rtd) announced that the federal government had awarded a contract of about N6 billion to FSFC to supply fertiliser. He said the contract was a vote of confidence by the federal government on the management and staff.
He thanked the staff in particular for their commitment and focus that helped the company record the successes it has so far recorded.