BUSINESS Dikki decries dying industries in the north
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.