ABUJA – The Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr Benjamin Dikki, reiterated the bureau’s effort in bridging housing shortage in the country.
Dikki said this at the handover of Stallion Property and Development Company (SPDC) to the NNPC Pension Funds Limited.
He said that the National Council on Privatisation, headed by Vice President Namadi Sambo, had approved the privatisation of the Federal Government’s 51 per cent shares of SPDC to NNPC Pension Funds.
He said that the transaction was part of BPE’s effort to restructure the housing sector so as to cover the 17 million housing deficit in the country.
“BPE is currently working with the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development on the reforms and restructuring of the housing sector. There is a lot to be tapped by SPDC in the sector.
“We would like to encourage NNPC PFL to work hard and inject funds in SPDC in order to harness these huge opportunities, create more employment and add value to the Nigerian economy,’’ he said.
Dikki also said that the proceed from the divestment of FG’s 51 per cent shareholding in SPDC would be used to bridge the funding gap in the NNPC Staff Pension Fund.
Meanwhile, Dr Dan Efebo, the Managing Director, NNPC Pension Funds Limited, said that the privatisation of SPDC shows government’s strong support in strengthening the NNPC pension funds.
“We believe that there is a lot of potential in SPDC and we will work to ensure that the aim of this transaction is achieved.
“With the necessary support and all the market approach, we will harness the Real Estate market in the country’’, he said.
The highlight of the meeting was the handover of the shares certificate of SPDC to NNPC Pension Funds.
When asked about the value of the transaction from BPE and NNPC Funds Limited, both parties declined to comment.