The Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Alex Okoh, has assured the Board and management of the Nigerdock Nigeria Plc that the Bureau is committed to the full realization of the its productive potentials.
Okoh, who gave the assurance while Receiving a report of the BPE/Nigerdock Joint Committee on the resolution of outstanding issues in the company today in Abuja described the present comatose state of the of the integrated engineering and fabrication company as worrisome.
A statement by the Bureau’s Head, Public Communications, Chukwuma Nwokoh, quoted the BPE boss as confirming that it is the comatose state of the entity that made the Bureau to set up the joint committee to look into the issues militating against its operations.
Okoh lamented that the company which was capable of employing about 6,000 Nigerians off the labour market and boosting the Nigerian local content policy in the past, had only about 500 employees now thereby negating the core essence of privatization.
He pointed out that the necessary framework would be put in place to ensure that the company is patronized locally since it has the capability to deliver on its mandate.
“We shall look closely at all the issues militating against the smooth operation of Nigerdock. Patronage should not be denied the company because it has the capability to deliver. We should do everything possible to ensure that the company assumes its pride of place”, he stressed.
The Director-General promised that the report would be carefully studied and its recommendations forwarded to appropriate authorities for action.
Earlier in his comments, a director of the company, General I.B.M Haruna (rtd), had pledged the commitment of the Board to collaborate with the Bureau to ensure that the company survives and realizes its potentials.
He said the company apart from its core functions, was capable of conducting research for the Navy and Army if fully supported by the government. This is even as he expressed the hope that with the synergy with the BPE, that was achievable and called for openness, integrity and transparency.
The General Counsel of Nigerdock, Mr. Adewale Dosunmu, who present the Report, said it was in two parts, proffering short-term and long term solutions to the problems currently militating against the optimization of the productive potentials and by so doing, moving the company forward.