The decision was contained in a two-paragraph statement made available by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media, Mr. Umar Sani.
Though no reason was given for her sacking, our correspondents gathered that Onagoruwa might have lost her job following the controversies that surrounded the management contract for the Transmission Company of Nigeria awarded to a Canadian firm, Manitoba Hydro International.
The Presidency had earlier announced the cancellation of the contract because of alleged series of infractions in the award process on the part of the BPE under Onagoruwa’s watch.
The agency was said to have awarded the contract in violation of the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2007.
But Jonathan, during his last media chat, claimed that the contract was not cancelled.
The management contract was later reported to have received ratification from the Bureau of Public Procurement.
The statement announcing her sacking read, “The Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, Ms. Bolanle Onogoruwa, has been relieved of her appointment with immediate effect. She is to hand over to the most senior Director in the Bureau, Mr. Benjamin Ezra Dikki, who is to hold the position in an acting capacity.
“Mr. President extends his sincere appreciation to Ms. Bolanle Onogoruwa for her services to the nation and wishes her the best in her future endeavours.”
Onagoruwa has, however, been in the eye of the storm for a while now with the two chambers of the National Assembly separately calling for her sacking over the management of the privatisation process.
Apart from the Manitoba contract saga, some observers believed that the President might have bowed to pressure by the National Assembly.
The Senate had recently adopted the report of its ad hoc committee on privatisation and commercialisation, which called for Onagoruwa’s sacking for alleged gross incompetence in the management of the process and for alleged illegal and fraudulent sale of the five per cent of Federal Government’s residual shares in the Eleme Petrochemicals Company Limited.
The House of Representatives had also made a similar call on the President to sack Onagoruwa.