The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) has said that some key government agencies needed to help improve Nigeria’s conditions and ratings in ‘ease of doing business’ fell short of an agreed complaint resolution time in 2020 and 2021.
This is contained in the PEBEC 2020/2021 Business Made Easy Report and the 2021 Executive Order (EO1) compliance report released on Monday in Abuja.
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The ministries, departments and agencies are listed on a government platform called Reportgov, which receives complaints and feedback from the public and passes them to the relevant authorities for action.
A statement on the release of the report was signed by the Special Adviser to the President, Ease of Doing Business and PEBEC Secretary, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole.
She also said that the report, for the first time, introduces an additional new set of metrics, which took effect in January 2021, in a bid to deepen the scope and depth of the compliance metrics.
She said that the new metrics includes a stronger emphasis on functional social media channels for communication, as well as the incorporation of the Website Assessment Ranking of the Bureau for Public Service Reforms and the Ethics and Integrity Scale of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
“In the period covering January 2020 to December 2020 and under the old assessment scale, the following MDAs emerged top five performers – Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (5th, 64.59%), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (4th, 69.96%), Nigeria Content Development Management Board (3rd, 70.58%), Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority (2nd, 71.24%) while the Standards Organization of Nigeria ranked first at 78.79%. The total overall average score for all MDAs was 38.94%.
“With a refreshed assessment metric coming into force in January 2021, the top overall
five performers for the period between January 2021 and June 2021 are National
Pension Commission (5th, 58.07%), Nigeria Content Development Management Board
(2nd, 68.04%), Nigerian Export-Import Bank (3rd, 68.86%), Oil and Gas Free Zone
Authority (2nd, 70.78%) while the Standards Organization of Nigeria, once again,
emerged first at 74.30%,” she said.
She, however, said that the average overall performance score for all MDAs for the period was 33.58 percent, reflecting a drop in the overall compliance for MDAs compared to performance in 2020.
“In the same vein, MDA compliance to the 72-hr timeline mandated by the Federal Executive Council for complaint resolution on the ReportGov.NG platform leaves a lot of room for improvement. The report shows that all agencies fell short of the timeline for resolution.
“The result establishes the need to intensify EO1 compliance across all MDAs towards making Nigeria a progressively easier place to do business. As the PEBEC moves to consolidate the business climate reforms of the past six years, a renewed emphasis will be placed on improving the technology maturity level of MDAs for improved service delivery to all Nigerians.
“Furthermore, the ReportGov.NG platform will be strengthened with the enlisting of all PEBEC priority MDAs and wider communication of the platform to drive up feedback from the private sector,” Oduwole said.
The PEBEC, established in July 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari to remove critical
bottlenecks and bureaucratic constraints to doing business in Nigeria, with Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as the Chair of the Council.