BPE chief sets 6-point agenda

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the renewal of the appointment of Mr. Alexander Ayoola Okoh as the Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) for a second term of four years in accordance with the provision of Section 17 (1)(a) and (2)(a) of the Public Enterprise (Privatization & Commercialization) Act, 1999.

The newly re-appointed Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Alex A. Okoh has set up a 6-point agenda to chart the course of his administration in the next four years.

In a statement by the head of Public Communications, Amina Tukur Othman, in Abuja on Monday, the Agenda include; working towards encouraging more private sector operators to invest in critical sectors of the Nigerian economy through Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).

Speaking for the first time since his re-appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari for another term of four years, Okoh said, already, the Federal Government has simplified the PPP process which now allows private sector players to scout for projects to be financed through the PPP model.

According to the Director General, other areas of interest by his new administration would be, the completion of all ongoing reform and privatisation activities of the Bureau, carrying out all other transactions that are scheduled for reforms and privatisation in the Privatisation and Commercialisation Act 1999 of the BPE, and ensure the passage of all reform bills pending before the National Assembly.

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Others are, to ensure robust engagements with all relevant stakeholders; and deepening of the core values of the Bureau by ensuring, integrity & transparency, team-work, Accountability and professionalism.

He said he would immediately put in place, a template to further reinvigorate the Bureau’s activities and step up efforts towards revving up those enterprises that are due for either reforms or privatisation.

“In all our transactions, transparency and accountability will continue to be our watch word. It is also an opportunity for the country to witness increased activities in our mandate which will lead to more job opportunities for our teeming youth and increased revenue for the Federal Government”, he stated.

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Okoh thanked the President, Muhammadu Buhari, and the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who is also the Chairman of the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) for finding him worthy of re-appointment, noting that it was an evidence of the confidence both of them repose in him to lead the privatisation agency.

He promised to re-double his efforts in the next four years to recreate and reinvent the Bureau to become the top most reform agency in the world.

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