Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said that the Federal Government’s business reforms, through the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), is an opportunity to boost local and foreign investments in the country.
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement in Abuja, said the Vice-President spoke at a virtual meeting of the PEBEC to review the state of the reforms across a number of government agencies.
The Vice-President said that the Federal Government would continue to take the opportunity and ensure that more results are recorded.
He said that as a result of the work of PEBEC, the World Bank had praised the economic direction of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and ranked the country higher in its annual Ease of Doing Business Rankings.
“This is a country with so much promise, this is a country that has so much resources and our administration has every opportunity to do something profound about investments in Nigeria.
“We must focus on how to get our business environment working,” he said.
Earlier in his presentation, Mr Niyi Adebayo, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, expressed optimism that the challenges observed in sustaining the successes recorded in the reforms would be addressed.
On his part, Alhaji Mohammed Bello, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), said sustaining the PEBEC reforms was a priority for Nigeria.
He said that Nigeria’s rating would not have improved in the Ease of Doing Business rankings, if not for PEBEC.
Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, the Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, said the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat (EBES) would continue to drive the mandate of PEBEC through extensive collaborations.
She added that the National Action Plan 5.0 had been extended to July 29.
Other people, who joined the meeting chaired by the Vice-President, included Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola; Minister of the FCT, Alhaji Mohammed Bello; Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami and Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
Also present were the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Mariam Katagum; Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, among other members of the PEBEC.