Director General, Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE, Mr. Benjamin Ezra Dikki, has explained that the non-passage of Petroleum Industrial Bill, PIB is hindering investments that could grow the economy and create jobs for the teeming Nigerian population.
Dikki stated this while re¬ceiving a team from the World Bank, led by Guillemette Jaf¬frin, who paid him a courtesy visit explained that, once the bills are passed, other new regulatory agencies would be set up, while the existing ones would be restructured.
The passage of the bills, he said, would facilitate private sector investment in infrastructure like railways, roads and inland waterways.
“This will relieve the Federal Government from investing in these sectors and free resources for the change Nigerians yearn for,” he added.
According to him, the Fed¬eral Government is currently working on the reforms of sports, hospitality and tour¬ism, river basins, housing and road sectors.
He added that five bills in the transport sec¬tor were presented to the 7th National Assembly for enact¬ment.
Dikki lamented that the five bills, with three others, were not passed before the end of that parliament. He, howev¬er, expressed hope that the 8th National Assembly would pass the bills when presented again by the executive arm.
On the sports sector, the BPE boss said that, given the huge population of 160 million Ni¬gerian sports enthusiasts, many potentials abound in the sec¬tor, which, if well harnessed, would be a veritable income earner for the country like in Britain and other countries.
Dikki also called for the urgent reform of education in Nigeria to ensure enforcement of standards at the primary and secondary levels, noting that, there are regulatory institu¬tions for tertiary education like the Nigerian Universities Commission, NUC and the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, among others, to ensure the enforce¬ment of standards, but this is lacking at the primary and sec¬ondary levels.
He said the lack of regula¬tion at these levels has resulted in falling standards at the foun¬dation level of education in the country.
The BPE boss attrib¬uted the incidence of crime and other anti-social behaviours plaguing the country to the falling standards of education at the primary secondary lev¬els.
“It is disheartening that stu¬dents finish secondary schools and cannot read or write prop¬erly,” he stated.

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