Outgoing director-general of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr Benjamin Ezra Dikki has appealed to the Federal Government to pass into law the Reform Bills initiated by the Bureau to boost the Nigerian economy especially in the face of dwindling revenue from oil.
At the formal hand over to the most senior officer, Dr Vincent Akpotaire at the Bureau on yesterday, in line with the federal government’s directive for all the chief executives of the federal government agencies who were relieved of their appointments last Monday, Dikki said that the passage of the bills especially the Railways, Transport and Road bills would boost the Nigerian economy and bring about the expected change for Nigerians in line with the change mantra of the present administration.
He also called for the concession of the Nigerian Airports and the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) to open up the Nigerian economy for private sector participation. Dikki called for urgent privatization of the refineries, saying that the option of Turn-Around-Maintenance (TAM) had been a distraction over the years; and government cannot afford to waste resources at this critical time the economy is faced with.
Dikki called on the management and staff of the BPE to put aside their differences and unite for the good of the organization and thanked them for their support and prayers which enabled the Bureau to register noticeable achievements during his tenure.
Responding, the acting director general of the Bureau, Dr Vincent Onome Akpotaire promised to build on the legacies and initiatives of the outgoing director-general.
Akpotaire appealed to his colleagues to ensure a seamless transition to continue the reforms and privatization programme with the desired team spirit, noting that the management has an obligation to bequeath to the nation and the younger generation of staff, a virile and world class institution which the BPE represents.
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