By Tony Obiechina, Abuja
Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Alex A. Okoh has charged the management staff of the Bureau to critically review the Bureau’s current performance and identify critical areas that need refocusing.
Declaring open a two-day retreat in Uyo Akwa Ibom state, the DG retated BPE’s relentless drive towards crafting a strategy that will enhance a future of impact and relevance in reforming public enterprises and critical sectors of the economy.
Okoh advised the management that presentations and discussions at the Retreat must articulate creative and practical road maps that would help the Bureau consolidate on its achievements, deliver its mandate and approach its future in an innovative manner.
He also challenged them to begin to think out of the box by moving away from the Bureau’s traditional approach to its enterprise and sector reforms mandate in order to make it relevant in the years ahead.
Speaking in line with the theme of the Retreat “Visioning Our Future”, Okoh noted that visioning a future requires innovation by the Bureau not resting on its oars on transactions and non-transaction processes and “holding people accountable because in this journey tothe future, we are as strong as our weakest link”.
He also implored them to initiate ways to transform the Bureau from a strong bureaucracy to an Innovation Driven Organisation (IDO), even as he said attention would be given to the New Enterprise Transformation Strategy (NETS) put in place by his administration to reinvent the high standards that in the past steered efficiency, effectiveness and responsiveness in the Bureau’s operations and programme delivery.
According to a statement by Amina Tukur Othman, head of Public Communication of BPE, the DG, noted that the repositioning aspect of the NETS which is core and the second pillar, includes the various initiatives aimed at reinvigorating and re-establishing the Bureau to taking its lofty position, relevance and ultimately fit for the future.
Presenting a paper titled: Navigating The MDAs/BPE Minefield in PE Reforms: Practical Pathways & Titbits, former Director General of the Bureau of Public Sector Reforms (BPSR), Dr. Joe Abah, listed ways for the Bureau to remain relevant and guide against conflicts with sister agencies and other government organisations.
He urged the Bureau to reposition itself with the realities of the times and re-asses itself in line with the Federal Government’s reforms agenda.
Abah urged the Bureau to come up with innovative ideas to remain relevant, communicate its activities effectively for the benefit of its stakeholders and avoid pitfalls that could dent its image.
The Director, Energy Markets & Rates Consultants Limited, Rahila Thomas also presented a paper on Strategy for Resolving The Liquidity Crisis in Nigeria Power Sector at the event.