BPE: FG Won’t Divest from Health Sector in Proposed Reforms

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Alex Okoh
BPE Director General, Mr. Alex A. Okoh

By Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja

The Director General (DG) of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Alex Okoh, has assured Nigerians that the proposed reforms in the health sector being canvassed by the agency would not entail government’s divestment from any health facility.

He explained that the reforms would involve a repositioning of the health sector to increase private sector participation and funding, thereby improving access to quality healthcare for all, and reverse poor health indices in the country.

Okoh spoke at the inauguration of the Project Delivery Team (PDT) for the Nigeria health sector reform in Abuja.

A statement issued by BPE’s Head, Public Communications, Amina Tukur Othman, said the DG, who was represented by the Director, Post Transaction Management Department of the agency, Mallam Yusuf Adamu, added that the health sector reform is a joint initiative of the BPE and the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH).

According to him, it was designed to undertake a comprehensive, holistic, partnership-based reform of the health sector towards addressing the challenges facing the health sector in the country.

The Project Delivery Team, which is expected to effectively drive the reform process and make necessary recommendations to the Health Reform Steering Committee (HSRSC), is charged with a number of issues.

They included interfacing with and reviewing the reports of the consultancies and make recommendation to the Steering Committee;

*Developing a detailed project plan for the reform of the health sector; design and drive stakeholder’s sensitization and engagement strategies for a successful reform;

*Develop a process for identification and selection of the most suitable investors for the health sector and carry out any other activities that may be necessary to ensure successful reform of the Nigerian health sector.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Alhaji Abdulaziz Mashi Abdullahi, who inaugurated the committee, charged the PDT to work assiduously to meet the desired goals.

He said although the task ahead for the members of the PDT as highlighted in the terms of reference may be daunting, it is achievable as this is done in many other developing countries.