Tuesday 9 January 2024

Tinubu sacks BPE DG, FCCPC CEO

President Bola Tinubu has sacked Alexander Okoh, director-general and chief executive officer (CEO), Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).

Ajuri Ngelale, special adviser to the president, media and publicity, announced Okoh’s dismissal in a statement on Monday.

Okoh was appointed BPE DG on April 13, 2017.

Ngelale said Tinubu also sacked Babatunde Irukera, executive vice chairman and CEO, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC).

Irukera was appointed DG of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) in April 2017, but after the transition of CPC into the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission in December 2019, he became the EVC.

Ngelale said Okoh and Irukera were sacked due to plans to restructure and reposition critical agencies of the federal government towards protecting the rights of Nigerian consumers.

He said their dismissal is also to conform with plans to provide a strong basis for enhanced contributions to the nation’s economy by key growth-enabling institutions.

“The two dismissed Chief Executives are directed to hand over to the next most senior officer in their respective agencies, pending the appointment of new Chief Executive Officers,” Ngelale said.

Commenting on his dismissal, Irukera said he is grateful for the “opportunity to have served the incredibly vibrant & loyal Nigerian citizens/consumers”.

“They deserve a better deal. I leave behind a strong Institutional advocate in the FCCPC, & an outstanding team of soldiers who work there daily for the cause of fair markets,” he said.

Ngelale said Okoh and Irukera’s sack took effect immediately.

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