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Comply with Ease of Doing Business guidelines, directives –Bello

Nov, 2021 | By Tony Odey | ||

The kernel of government's Ease of Doing Business policy took centre stage on Monday at a sensitization programme organized by Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Monday for its Secretariats, Departments and Agencies (SDAs). The programme was designed to drive the policy deeper home.

Delivering a keynote address during the programme, Minister of FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, charged reform champions and focal desk officers of the various SDAs to ensure all SDAs comply fully with the Ease of Doing Business guidelines and directives. Represented by the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr. Olusade Adesola, the Minister disclosed that although FCT has been regarded as doing well in some areas of easing business processes in the Territory, particularly in the company registration process, there still remains room for improvement in certain areas.

On the issue of multiple taxation in revenue collection, Malam Bello assured business owners in FCT that already steps are being taken to resolve the challenge. The Minister further disclosed that the revenue collection functions of the FCT Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are fully automated and the process of its ax collection and remittance seamless. He also disclosed that plans to fully automate the activities of the Departments of Development Control and Land Administration are already at advanced stage.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr. Adesola, who was represented by the Director, Human Resource Management, Dr Mohammed Bashir, charged all staff of FCTA to render services in a friendly manner. The Permanent Secretary said, in a bid to promote easier business atmosphere in FCT, FCTA has initiated a number of measures including introduction of checklists, engagements with the six Area Councils of the Territory, introduction of citizens' engagement platform apps, rejigging the Secretariats for Ease of Doing Business, among others.

Mr. Adesola expressed optimism that the exercise will culminate in improved performance by the various SDAs which will ultimately place FCTA in the lead in sub-national Ease of Doing Business ranking. In her address, Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, who was represented by Mrs. Tony Bashir, commended FCTA for putting in place an Ease of Doing Business Unit.

She added that FCT, being the nation's capital city, must strive to serve as a model to other states of the federation in terms of simplifying business operations and processes. It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari's resolve to improve on the nation's global ranking on Ease of Doing Business, saw him issue Executive Order 1 in 2017 hinged on the promotion of transparency and efficiency in the business environment.


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