BUSI­NESS Dikki de­cries dy­ing in­dus­tries in the north

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Daniel Adugbo

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Bureau of Pub­lic En­ter­prises (BPE), Mr. Ben­jamin Ezra Dikki, has ex­pressed his con­cern over the death of in­dus­tries in the north.

He ap­pealed to the Arewa Youth Fo­rum (AYF) to em­bark on sus­tained sen­si­ti­sa­tion of north­ern lead­ers, gov­er­nors and wealthy in­di­vid­u­als to es­tab­lish in­dus­tries in the zone.

Dikki, who spoke when the Fo­rum paid him a cour­tesy visit and con­ferred on him an award of Ex­cel­lence, be­moaned the ap­a­thy ex­hib­ited by north­ern­ers in the pre­vi­ous pri­vati­sa­tion ex­er­cises.

He, how­ever, ex­pressed his hap­pi­ness that the trend changed in the re­cently con­cluded power trans­ac­tion in which the north ac­tively par­tic­i­pated.

He also urged the AYF to take ad­van­tage of the Bureau’s 2014 work plan to sen­si­tise North­ern gov­er­nors, lead­ers and the busi­ness class in the re­gion to par­tic­i­pate ac­tively in the Federal Govern­ment’s pri­vati­sa­tion pro­gramme this year.

He said the 2014 work plan de­tailed all the trans­ac­tions the Bureau in­tended to ex­e­cute this year.

The BPE boss in­formed the vis­i­tors that power sup­ply in the coun­try would have greatly sta­bilised af­ter the pri­vati­sa­tion of the for­mer govern­ment mo­nop­oly but for van­dals who used to sab­o­tage govern­ment’s ef­forts.

Ear­lier, Na­tional Pres­i­dent of AYF, Al­haji Gambo Ibrahim Gu­jungu, called on the Federal Govern­ment to en­sure that only gen­uine in­vestors were handed over pri­va­tised en­ter­prises to bring about pos­i­tive eco­nomic ben­e­fits of pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment to the job­less youth in Nigeria and the North in par­tic­u­lar.

He said that the Fo­rum has ear­lier pre­sented a po­si­tion paper to the Federal Govern­ment in which it high­lighted devel­op­men­tal is­sues af­fect­ing North­ern Nigeria and sug­gested the set­ting up of a North­ern Youth Em­pow­er­ment Pro­gramme (NYEP) to ad­dress the is­sues of in­se­cu­rity and youth vi­o­lence in the re­gion.

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