Uche Usim, Abuja
The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) on Thursday inaugurated four committees to come up with a blueprint for addressing various complexities and challenges hindering the growth and development of some privatised enterprises in the country which were handed over to the core investors over ten years ago.
The move is in line with the government’s efforts to ensure that privatised enterprises in the country provide anticipated dividends to the citizenry in line with the privatization policy of the country.
Inaugurating the committees in Abuja the Director-General of BPE, Mr. Alex Okoh, explained that the committees are also to provide policy markers with further insight into the practical realities facing the sectors in which the enterprises were privatised and proffer credible solutions to addressing the problems.
The committees are those on Housing Sector (the Bricks and Clay), Mines and Steel Development, Oil Palm and Automobiles. The fifth committee on Paper Mills had earlier been inaugurated.
Okoh recalled that the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) at its meeting of April 12, 2018 reviewed the performances of some privatised enterprises in the past ten years and observed that they occupied a strategic place in the nation’s economy but have remained suboptimal since privatisation.
He said the NCP also took into cognizance, the need to resuscitate and reposition the enterprises in order to enhance their market value and their overall contribution to the economy.
According to Okoh, the NCP directed its secretariat the (BPE) to organise an Enterprise Stakeholders/Investors Forum with the objective of creating a platform where the Core Investors of the privatised enterprises, potential investors and relevant MDAs would meet and chart a way forward for their resuscitation through partnership between the private and public sectors; adding that the objective is in consonance with the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (2017) of the Federal government.
The Director-General noted that it had been the custom in BPE to engage stakeholders in its programme design and execution in order to solicit their cooperation, support, and participation to the success of the privatisation programme and the Nigeria economy.
Okoh implored members of the committees to work assiduously and submit their report within 90 working days’ timeline.
Membership of the Committees is drawn from the relevant sectors, ministries, the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) and the private sector.