BPE Is Knowledge Based Institution – Dikki

BPE Is Knowledge Based Institution – Dikki
September 12 15:05 2014 Print This Article
Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Benjamin Dikki

Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Benjamin Dikki

The Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Benjamin Dikki has revealed that the agency’s Collaboration with international development partners has positioned the Bureau as Knowledge based Institution.

He said without the Technical and Financial support of the World Bank, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and other development partners, the reform and privatization programme of the Federal Government would not have been successful.

Dikki made the revelation in Abuja in a presentation to the staff of DFID and other international development partners on “The Federal Government’s Privatization and Economic Reform Programme”.

He told the international audience that the overarching objective of the Federal Government’s Reform and Privatization programme was the need to “provide our people with the basic and affordable infrastructure to enable them create employment for themselves” as well as redirect funding by Government to other key sectors of the economy that are socially imperative such as health, education, etc. and encourage the private sector to be the engine room for economic growth and development.

He took them through the history of reforms in Nigeria and some of the key reform initiatives of the Bureau, noting that Power Sector Policy of 2001 and Electric Power Sector Reform Act of 2005 were aimed at ensuring sustained electricity supply by creating a conducive investment environment for private sector investment and managerial expertise.

Dikki noted that the BPE championed the reforms that have revolutionized the country’s telecommunications sector with the enactment of the Telecom Act 2003 and the licensing of several service providers that have created millions of new jobs in the economy. “From a tele-density of 0.42%, representing 450,000 telephone lines in 2001, the country’s tele-density has grown to 82%, representing over 123 million active telephone lines as at June 2013,” he said.

He pointed out that prior to the enactment of the Pension Reform Act of 2004, Public Enterprises habitually deducted pension contributions from their employees and lumped same with recurrent expenditure and spent it, that he said, created a serious social problem.

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