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Federal Government Set to Divest from 10 Gas-Powered NIPPs – BPE

BPE Plans To Revive Moribund Privatised Enterprises
  • N220.4bn privatization proceeds to support 2019 Budget

The federal government is to divest from the 10 newly-constructed gas-powered National Integrated Power Projects (NIPPs) located across the country, the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), has stated.

The medium-sized $7.1 billion gas-fired plants initiated by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo administration were built through the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), and funded by the three tiers of government.

The BPE Director General, Mr. Alex Okoh, who dropped the hint on the planned sale, also disclosed that the reform and privatization programme of the federal government has impacted positively on some key sectors of the Nigerian economy.

Speaking at the Nigerian Investment Showcase at Guildhall, London, United Kingdom (UK); Okoh listed some of the sectors as telecoms, pension, and seaports.

Okoh, in a statement issued by the BPE, said Nigeria’s telecoms sector, for instance, had achieved almost 100 percent teledensity with over 192 million connected lines while over 146 million lines have been active as at May 31, 2015, and over 40 telecoms licensed in the country.

He announced that the federal government would divest from the 10 newly-built 10 gas-fired National Integrated Power Projects (NIPPs) on completion, the statement said.

Reform in the sector, he stated, also brought about over a million direct and indirect jobs into the Nigerian economy while the Information, Communication Technology (ICT) sub-sector has witnessed phenomenal growth.

On pension reforms, Okoh noted that 6.2 million contributors were registered from 180,586 employers as at October 2012 while 55,904 retirees currently receive their monthly pensions as and when due with the total value of pension industry assets under the Contributory Pension Scheme now at over N9 trillion.

He said the seaports now experience faster ship turn-round, faster cargo turn-round and faster truck turn-round times even as there is increased competition, lower port charges, lower freight rates and net financial transfers to the government (lease fees, throughput fees, and taxes).

On the Bureau’s 2019 work plan, he revealed that BPE is expected to contribute N220.4 billion to the N8.91 trillion 2019 federal government budget from its privatization/commercialization activities.

The funds are expected to come from some concluded transactions along with the privatization of the Kano Free Trade and Calabar Free Trade Zones, partial commercialization of the Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST) and partial commercialization of three selected National Parks in the country.

So far, over N150 billion privatization proceeds have gone into the funding of the 2019 Budget.

Okoh further revealed that from inception to date, the Bureau has successfully completed 234 public transactions through privatization, commercialization, and concessions with some milestones.

Source: THISDAY

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