BPE to list privatised firms on Stock Exchange

Brokers on the floor of Nigerian Stock Exchange in Lagos.

The structure of the reform and privatisation process by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) envisages listing of privatised enterprises as the final outcome, its Director-General, Alex A. Okoh, has said.

Okoh made the remarks at a meeting in his office in Abuja on Friday, with members of the technical committee on attraction of new listings to the capital market. The committee is chaired by Haruna Jallo Waziri, an Executive Director at the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE.)

The clarification followed series of calls by investors in the capital market for the Federal Government to list the privatised firms including those in the oil and gas, power and telecommunications sectors of the economy, to boost liquidity as well as confidence in the market.

The move is also expected to open opportunities for Nigerians to be co-owners of the companies, while also providing the much-needed funds for them to run their operations in order to maximise the benefits of privatisation.

Okoh pledged strong collaboration with the capital market, which he said will help deepen the market, adding that “we will collaborate in reviewing what the conditions are and try to make it right for the listings.”

However, he raised concerns about the stability of the market and prospects of getting good value should the privatised entities be listed, adding that “we will collaborate with you in establishing the conditions that will reduce the nerves of the core investors.”

The BPE boss also explained that there is a period of assessment of privatised entities during which the BPE examines the conditions for listing. He enjoined the committee to take a holistic approach on their assignment.

In his remarks, Waziri pointed out that they have engaging trade groups, regulators and quasi-regulators in order to actualise their mandate.

He noted that apart from creating efficiency, privatisation is a catalyst for economic growth and also induces inclusiveness in the populace.

Privatisation, he added, increases the velocity of the capital market. He said that there is capacity in the primary market, noting that there is depth in the market that is yet to be explored.

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