Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE, has requested the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to send a desk officer to the Bureau to ensure the EFCC’s oversight of BPE transactions from inception to the final stage.
Both agencies also renewed their commitment to maintain integrity and transparency in the reforms and privatisation transactions of the Bureau.
The Acting Director General of BPE, Dr. Vincent Onome Akpotaire noted that the prevalence of financial crimes across the globe call for the relationship between both agencies to be strengthened and engender seamless transactions.
Making the assertion during a courtesy visit by the BPE to the EFCC Tuesday, in Abuja, Dr. Akpotaire appreciated the efforts of the EFCC in managing issues of financial crimes and pledged the support of the Bureau to the EFCC.
The DG affirmed the continuity of the seamless interface between the two agencies in the course of the Bureau’s transactions.
Citing the power privatisation transaction as an example, he attributed the high standards of transparency maintained during the transaction to the collaboration with the anti graft agency.
A statement from the Head, Public Communications of the BPE, Mr. Alex E. Okoh said Dr. Akpotaire “sought for the installation of a desk officer from the EFCC in BPE.
He said that this “initiative would ensure the EFCC’s oversight of BPE transactions from the inception stage to the final stage.”
He recommended workshops and inter-agency training programmes between both parties, noting that this would ensure that both agencies are frequently updated with transaction processes.
Also, Dr Akpotaire stressed the relevance of a socio-economic impact analysis of the Bureau’s reforms on the lives of citizens prior to commencement of such exercise in the future.
He explained that this analysis would pre-inform and educate all stakeholders on the impact of a proposed reform within a sector before the commencement of the actual transaction.
He added that the purpose of the analysis was to ensure that all parties from the government to the investors and the populace are aware of their roles, commitments and benefits.

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