BPE will miss Anichebe’s invaluable services -DG


Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Alex A. Okoh has described the retiring Director of Development Institutions & Natural Resources (DI &NR) at the Bureau, Joe Chigbo Anichebe, as an honest and trustworthy person whose services would be missed by the Bureau.

This is  even as he commended two other  retiring staff of the Bureau, Messrs Ibrahim Abubakar Jalingo,(Head, Human Resource Unit)and Abubakar Haruna of the Finance and General Services Department for their invaluable services to the Bureau.

BPE’s Head, Public Communications, Amina  Tukur Othman, said in a statement Thursday that Okoh made the remarks during a farewell party in honour of Anichebe at the Bureau’s corporate offices in Abuja on Tuesday.

Othman quote the Director-General as recalling that because of Anichebe’s trust and pedigree, he had always delegated the director to represent the Bureau at impactful events.

He also said because of the director’s personality, “I seek his counsel on thorny issues most of the times and he never shies away from giving an honest and sincere opinion on issues no matter whose ox is gored”.

According to the statement, “it was indeed, an evening of tributes for the retiring Anichebe, a consummate journalist and erstwhile Head of Public Communications at the Bureau, as the management, staff and other well-wishers, who graced the occasion, extolled his sterling qualities.”

It added that one of the critical stakeholders of the BPE, the Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN), FCT Chapter, represented at the farewell party by its Secretary, Isa Abdulwahab, noted that Anichebe during his tenure as the Head of Public Communications at the Bureau, made the job of reporters covering the privatization agency easy as he promptly provided answers to all inquiries.

Born in Owelli, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State on March 6, 1960, Anichebe proceeded to the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Accra, Ghana and graduated in 1984 with diploma in Journalism after attending Modebe Memorial Secondary School, Onitsha, Anambra State (1976-1981).


He obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Journalism from Howard University, Washington, DC and a certificate in General Management from the Harvard Business School (The General Manager Program), Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Certificate in Strategic Management from the University of South Africa (NISA).

Anichebe has held several positions both in the private and public sectors, including Reporter/Editorial Assistant, Punch Newspapers (1985-87); Co-founder, West Africa Press Syndicate (WAPS) and Sporting Africa Magazine, Accra, Ghana (1984-1985).

He was the Washington Bureau Chief of The Week Magazine from 1996-1999.  He has reported for the Montgomery Journal, Rockville, Maryland and the Community News in Washington, DC. He served on the United Nations Observer Mission to South Africa in 1994 that supervised South Africa’s first ever all-race elections.

On the political front, he served as Communications Specialist with the Republican National Committee (RNC), Washington, DC.

Before joining the BPE in 2000, the retiring director was a Case Management Specialist (CMS) with the State of Maryland Division of Corrections, Baltimore Maryland from 1996 to 2000.

He  serves on  several boards, including Member/Treasurer, Board of Trustees, Gede Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation with headquarters in Washington, DC.  He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (Alpha Beta Chi), USA; National Association of Black Journalists, USA; International Organisation of Journalists (IOJ), Prague; and member, Institute of Directors (IOD), Nigeria.

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