The Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, Mr. Benjamin Dikki, has pledged that the Bureau will always support any initiative by the private sector to grow the nation’s economy. He said the whole essence of the reform and privatization programme of the Federal Government is to galvanize private sector participation and engender the growth of small and medium scale industries in the country.
Dikki, who spoke through the Acting Director, Oil and Gas Department of the Bureau, Mr. Yununa Jackdel Malo, at the opening ceremony of the 9th edition of the Abuja International Trade Fair, on September 25, 2014, at the Trade Fair Complex, Abuja, said the Bureau accepted to partner with Abuja Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, because there is the need to make Abuja a business hub, more so as the city is equidistant to all geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
He said the Bureau would always support the effort to harness the entrepreneurial spirit of Nigerians and change the image of commerce in the Federal Capital city. He noted that the trade fair provided an opportunity for investors and prospective investors to network and explore investment opportunities which the sector reforms and privatization have provided.
The Director General explained that through the various reform efforts, the Bureau has helped to turn the economy of the nation around, in line with the Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government. He said there had been reforms in various sectors including telecommunications, ports, financial sector, tourism and so on championed by the Bureau. He enjoined visitors to the fair to visit the Bureau’s stand and avail themselves of the investment opportunities that abound from the reform initiatives.
The President of Abuja Chamber of Commerce, Engineer (Dr.) Solomon Nyagba, had earlier in his welcome address, commended the Federal Government on the reform initiatives which he said are impacting positively on the citizenry. According to him, “business, which is the hallmark of the Organised Private Sector (OPS) can only thrive in a conducive environment”, and this is what the reforms are engendering.