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    BPE Seeks New Investors for Steel  Rolling Companies 

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    By Tony Tagbo, Abuja 

    The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) is set to collaborate with Jindal Steel & Power Group (a leading world player in Steel, Mines and Infrastructure) in its areas of interest to invest in Nigeria.

    Director General of the BPE, Mr. Alex A. Okoh stated this when he received a delegation from the group, led by its Vice Chairman, Mr V. R. Sharma, on a courtesy visit to the Bureau in Abuja said there were a lot of potentials in the country in areas of the group’s interests. 

    In a statement by BPE Head of Public Communications, Ibeh Uzoma Chidi on Friday,  a committee to work out the modalities for the exercise has been set up with the Director, Industries and Services at the BPE, Mr. Yunana Jackdel Malo heading the BPE’s team while Mr. Mukesh Sharma will head the Jindal Steel & Power Group’s team.

    He cited among others, the planned concession of the Zungeru Power Plant which has the capacity to generate about 700 Megawatts when operational and said that already, the Federal Government had procured the services of a Transaction Adviser for its eventual concession.

    The Director General revealed that the planned concession of the Zungeru Dam would be modelled after that of Kainji and Jebba Dams’ concession and that the successful concessionaire would handle it for a period of 30 years.

    On another area of interest for the group(steel), Okoh noted that though the three Steel Rolling Companies in the country-Jos, Katsina and Osogbo had been privatised, they were not living up to expectation and that any effort to rev up the sector would be supported.

    He also informed the investors that power which is their main strong hold, has openings in the country as the Federal Government was at the verge of privatising five (5) of its ten National Integrated Power Plants (NIPPs) which have the combined capacity to generate between 2,300-2,500 megawatts.

    On the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), the Director General said despite the unbundling of the power sector by the Federal Government in 2013, resulting into 11 Power Distribution Companies and six Generation Companies, TCN was still being retained by the Federal Government but that plans were underway to unbundle it for more efficiency.

    Earlier, the Vice Chairman of the Group, Mr. V. R. Sharma said the courtesy visit was to afford the group the opportunity to have firsthand information on areas of investment in Nigeria.

    He noted that Nigeria was the largest economy in Africa which his group intends to cash in on the vast potentials to invest in Mines, Hydro Power and other areas of interest.

    The Group was accompanied on the courtesy visit by Ambassador Ahmed Sule, Nigeria’s High Commissioner Accredited to Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri-Lanka.

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