The federal government has announced that it is set to launch the second action plan on ease of doing business in Nigeria.
The announcement was made by the Minister of Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, after the expanded Presidential Enabling Businesses Environment Council PEBEC conference, chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Minister said the aim is to make it easy for both small and medium enterprises (SMEs), to create a conducive environment for doing business in the country.
While briefing State House correspondents, Enelamah said: “We have had a very success enabling business environment council meeting. As you can see, it was an expanded meeting where the Chief Justice of Nigeria was there, the representative of the Senate President was there, the representatives of both Kano State and Lagos State governments.
“The heads of agencies were there. The meeting was chaired by His Excellency the Vice President and it was a stock taking meeting. We will share the materials of the meeting with you, and you will see from the materials we have taken stock what we have achieved already, the journey so far, and with the plan on the way forward.
“The idea being that we want to have a second round of the National Action Plan, which is even more ambitious than the first one. We really want to make it easy for people to do business in Nigeria.”
The Minister added that: “the way forward is that there is a second national action plan which we must share with you.”
Also speaking at the conference, President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, said that the National Assembly was committed to creating enabling business environment in the country.
Saraki, represented by the Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’allah, said: “You will be glad to hear that in the interim report of PEBEC, National Assembly got green for compliance with all the commitment we have made as our contribution to ease of doing business.
“I think we are the only arm of government that got full green for full implementation of whatever commitment we gave as a National Assembly towards assisting the project for enabling businesses environment in Nigeria.”
Also speaking, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria, Chika Emodi, said that the efforts of government in making the business environment conducive were already yielding fruits.
His word: “the meeting was very productive. A lot of work has been done and is beginning to show. There is no doubt that we have a commitment on the part of government and we are very optimistic about how this will translate to a better business environment for the country.”
Secretary of PEBEC, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, said the National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria, is collaborating with PEBEC on the subnational project.
“We are going to be working with all the states and the FCT in making sure that we are not just focusing on the federal level. We are taking ease of doing business state-wide, and we are collaborating widely with the private sector, all state governments, and the National Assembly.”