The Bureau of Public Enterprises disclosed that the Federal Government plans to concession 36 state-owned assets, citing that as much as N5 billion would be earned annually from the concession of Calabar and Kano Free Trade Zones.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Director-General of the BPE, Mr Alex Okoh, in a webinar organised by the Nigerian Exchange Group and the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission on Tuesday, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
The BPE boss stated that the planned concession would increase export earnings from the Calabar and Kano FTZ, to $3 billion over a period of five to seven years citing that it would also generate annual savings of about N5 billion into the federal treasury.
He added that 36 projects have been listed for concession by the BPE across major sectors including Nigeria’s power sector, citing that the sale and concession of some power assets would add 3,300 megawatts to the national grid.
“The importance of power as an enabler for economy and industrial activities across all sectors of the economy continues to attract strong focus and attention of the Federal Government.
“In the health sector, the reforms being undertaken by the bureau will involve the implementation of initiatives which will radically transform health care delivery across Nigeira.
“This will improve availability, accessibility, affordability and quality of health care services with the ultimate objective of having a physically and an emotionally healthy population.
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“The impact of this is to unlock significant resources for the government to invest in other critical infrastructure as well as other key sectors of the economy creating job opportunities in the process,” he said
He added that the FG is committed to boosting PPP engagement in the country to generate the confidence required to attract private sector capital into the nation’s infrastructure space.
Amaechi Aloke, Director of Infrastructure and Public Private Partnership at BPE revealed that the BPE is collaborating with the World Bank to develop about 100 projects to make them attractive to private investors.
What you should know
Recall that Nairametrics reported in May that the BPE announced that investors who plan to purchase 100% of power generation companies from the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) should declare their interests.
The NIPP projects being considered for sale are:
- Geregu Generation Company Ltd installed capacity at ISO condition of 506 Megawatts (MW)
- Benin (Ihovbor) Generation Company Ltd with 507 MW;
- Calabar Generation Ltd with 634MW;
- Omotosho Generation Ltd with 513MW; and
- Olorunsogo Generation Company Ltd with 754MW.
This week, the Bureau revealed that there is no plan to privatise the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), adding that the FG would concession it for more efficient operations.