The Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Alex A. Okoh, has pledged the Bureau’s readiness to provide technical support and expertise to assist the Jigawa State Government in optimizing its assets and identifying key areas where public-private partnerships (PPP) can have a tangible impact on the state’s economy.
Okoh made this commitment during a courtesy visit to Governor Umar Namadi at the Jigawa State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja. He emphasized that BPE, as the economic reform agency of the Federal Government, has previously supported other states in the country.
The Bureau has played a significant role in various sectors of the Nigerian economy, leading to the establishment of organizations like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Pension Commission (PenCom), Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, and many others.
He further highlighted BPE’s belief in the power of innovation, entrepreneurship, and private sector investment to drive economic growth. By harnessing the resources of the state and collaborating with BPE, an enabling environment can be created to attract more investment and foster prosperity for the people of Jigawa State.
Okoh stressed that BPE, with over 30 years of experience in sector/enterprise reforms and asset optimization in Nigeria, had its mandate expanded by the Federal Government in 2020 to include the administration of concessions and public-private partnerships (PPPs) on its behalf.
He congratulated Governor Umar Namadi on his election as the Executive Governor of Jigawa State in the 2023 general elections, noting that this success reflects the trust and confidence the people of Jigawa State have placed in his leadership.
In addition to expressing his commitment to the development and progress of Jigawa State, Okoh highlighted several investment opportunities in the state, including agribusiness, solid minerals, renewable energy, light manufacturing, Maigatari Export Processing Zone, and Gagarawa Industrial Park.
Governor Umar Namadi expressed his delight with the visit and pledged to collaborate with the Bureau to bring about the necessary economic reforms in the state. He also acknowledged Jigawa State’s ranking as one of the best places for doing business in Nigeria in the second edition of the subnational Ease of Doing Business 2023 Report.
(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; firstname.lastname@example.org; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)