President Jonathan Fires Director General Of Privatization Agency

Bolanle Onagoruwa

Bolanle Onagoruwa

The Federal Government of Nigeria has on Tuesday sacked, with immediate effect, the Director General (DG) of the Bureau for Public Enterprises, Bolanle Onogoruwa.

According to a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Umar Sani, he directed her to hand over to Benjamin Ezra Dikki, the most Senior Director in the Bureau.

Mr. Dikki will hold the position in an acting capacity.

The changes were contained in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Vice President, Umar Sani.
The Senate had ceased to recognize Mrs. Onagoruwa as DG, and called for her removal for alleged wrongdoings.

It is not yet clear if the government will also remove Mrs Aruma Oteh, the DG of the Securities and Exchange Commission, whose removal has also been demanded by the House of Representatives.

The statement reads: “The Director General of the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE), Ms. Bolanle Onogoruwa, has been relieved of her appointment with immediate effect. She is to hand over to the most Senior Director in the Bureau, Mr. Benjamin Ezra Dikki, who is to hold the position in an acting capacity.

“Mr. President extends his sincere appreciation to Ms. Bolanle Onogoruwa for her services to the nation and wishes her the best in her future endeavours.”

Ms. Onagoruwa has been in the eye of the storm for a long time over the discharge of her duties as the head of the privatisation agency.

The Senate ad-hoc committee that investigated the privatisation and commercialisation of public companies between 1999 and 2011 had last year recommended her immediate sack from office.

She was accused of “gross incompetence in the management of the BPE” as well as the “illegal and fraudulent sale of the five per cent Federal Government’s shares in the Eleme Petrochemical Company Limited, EPCL.”

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