In order to meet up with the World Bank’s ranking on sub-national study on ease of doing business, Ogun State government has created a Business Environment Council to streamline regulatory process and timing associated with business registration in the State.
Consultant to the Governor on Commerce and Industry, Ms. Sola Arobieke made this known at a Stakeholders’ meeting with Manufacturer Association of Nigeria (MAN) held at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s Conference Room, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
She said the Ministry was ready to engage stakeholders in business industry to take pro-active decisions, so as to reduce constraints affecting smooth operations of business across the State, saying efforts were in top gear to establishment a Business Advisory Council that would be working closely with business leaders on matters relating to economic policy.
“A framework for the establishment of a Business Advisory Council has been submitted to His Excellency for approval, in recognition of the need to work closely with business leaders, share ideas and advise the Governor on matters relating to economic policy and programmes that will foster investment and economic development in the State “, Arobieke said.
While soliciting support towards building capacity for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, the Consultant said, the State Government would not relent in its efforts at creating a conducive and enabling environment for business to thrive and further strengthen industrial growth.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Manufacturer Association of Nigeria (MAN) Mr. Seleem Adegunwa, appreciated Government’s strides in the development of the State, calling for a guide against double taxation and levies.
In her submission, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs. Lydia Fajounbo, said the present administration would continue to provide good road network, adequate security among others for socio economic development.
She emphasised the importance of the private sector in the development of the State and the nation at large, promising that all issues raised would be forwarded to the Governor.