ABUJA – The full payment of entitlements to 38,000 workers of Power
Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, has commenced.
Director General, Bureau of Public Enterprise, BPE, Mr. Benjamin Ezra
Dikki disclosed this during the visit of House of Representatives
Committee on Privatisation and Commercialisation to the agency.
Mr. Dikki explained that 6,700 staff that had issues during verification
were being sorted out, while 2,500 casual staff were expected to be
regularised by the PHCN management before payment of their entitlements.
On the power transaction, the BPE boss informed the lawmakers that the
Bureau had received full payment for 14 power generation and
distribution companies from the core investors.
Mr. Dikki further informed the lawmakers that the Bureau was in the
process of constituting a Privatisation Tribunal to handle privatisation
He said the Tribunal will also assist the Bureau in enforcing
In her remarks, the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee
on Privatisation and Commercialisation, Hon. Khadijat Bukar Abba-Ibrahim
commended the giant strides made by the Bureau of Public Enterprises,
BPE, in the power sector reform and privatisation which has seen the
successful handover of 14 generation and distribution companies to core
Hon. Abba-Ibrahim who led members of the committee on an oversight visit
to the Bureau appealed to the Bureau and the National Council on
Privatisation, NCP, to at all times “operate in strict compliance with
the Public Enterprises Privatisation and Commercialisation Act” of 1999.
She also urged the Bureau to strictly follow the laid down guidelines as
approved by the NCP in all its transactions for transparency and
The Chairman said deliberations with the BPE management during the visit
were exciting and had helped bridged the communication gap between the
Bureau and the Committee, stressing that the committee members were now
better informed on the activities of BPE.
Abba-Ibrahim called for regular interactions between the Bureau and the
Committees “as communication gap often breeds mistrust and