Customs, others must Improve Business Environment – Oduwole, EBECC Coordinator

Dr Jumoke Oduwole

The Enabling Business Environment Council Coordinator, Dr Jumoke Oduwole, has said that the Council had prioritized six Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) including the Nigeria Customs Service to improve their business environment.

Oduwole made this disclosure on Monday at the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) 2016-2017 Reform Update in Abuja. “You talked and we listened. Since July, we have been paying closer attention to NAFDAC, SON, Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment, NOTAP, Police and Customs because they had the highest number of negative feedback.

“When it comes to trading across borders, movement of goods and services across the country, the private sector has brought to our notice that police and customs were said to be the worst

“Also, on the issue of intellectual properties, people complained about the difficulties in getting patent and trade mark licence from NOTAP Therefore to sustain the improvement, we are already seeing the ease of doing business in the country; we must ensure that these agencies improve their service delivery,” she said.

A key component of the Federal Government’s change agenda is the creation of an enabling business environment for Nigeria and foreign-owned businesses.

The country currently ranks 169 out of 189 in the ease of doing business rankings of the World Bank.
The current administration aims to improve the country’s position to top 100 by 2019/2020 and top 50 in 10 years.

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