Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, urged Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure the successful implementation of reforms under the Presidential Council’s 7th National Action Plan (NAP 7.0). business environment (PEBEC).
Osinbajo spoke at the Presidential Villa, Abuja when he received the Council’s progress report after the ongoing NAP 7.0 had reached the midpoint (30 days) of its 60-day cycle.
Recall that the National Action Plan was first introduced in February 2017 and has since become an accelerator and a 60-day reform tool designed by PEBEC to coordinate the effective implementation of priority reforms of certain ministries each year. , departments and agencies.
Osinbajo, who thanked the PEBEC team led by the Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business and the Secretary of the Board, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, for their hard work and commitment to ensuring the implementation of the reforms, noted that the mid-term report is very detailed on the specific issues that needed to be resolved,
He called for urgency to resolve the issues, noting that “the need for escalation is also quite clear.
“That’s why we have to have these reforms. It is also important that any procedural reforms can be put in place. At meetings like this, issues that need to be resolved are routed to later resolutions; and those things that need to be done need to be done,” he said.
In addition, the Vice President had, at the PEBEC 5th Anniversary event in December 2021, stated that a more aggressive accountability audit of various federal government agencies would be undertaken in order to identify and remove bottlenecks. bureaucratic bottlenecks.
This, he noted, will further encourage local and foreign investment, create more jobs and opportunities for Nigerians.
In her presentation to the Council, which is chaired by the Vice President, the President’s Special Advisor on Ease of Doing Business, Dr Jumoke Oduwole, said that there are 58 reforms to be implemented under the NAP 7.0 which will run from February 7 to April 7, 2022.
She added that as of March 8 – day 30 of the Plan – the reforms implemented amounted to 26%.
The NAP 7.0 indicators focus on five major reform areas, namely: Agri-export, Airports, Automation, Regulation and Executive Order 1 (EO1)/ReportGov.NG reforms. While agro-export, airport and automation have 30, 11 and four reforms respectively; Regulatory and EO1/ReportGov.NG have 10 and 2 reforms respectively.
Providing context to NAP performance in previous years, Oduwole noted that the NAP 60 – the first in 2017, started at around 70% and ended at 84%.
“So we really need to go deeper into these escalations and hold the agencies accountable and encourage them to push harder to implement these reforms for Nigerians,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Council for the Business Environment, at its second meeting, reaffirmed its commitment to making business work in Nigeria.
“We are at a very critical stage, we are losing money and there is a need to create an environment that allows business to happen,” Osinbajo said.
The meeting, held at the State House, Abuja, was attended by the Minister of Energy, Works and Housing, representatives of the National Assembly, representatives of MDAs and the private sector.
The meeting was an opportunity to submit to the Council the mid-term review of the 7th National Action Plan (NAP 7.0) and to request its intervention to accelerate the reforms of the NAP 7.0.
Reforms had a completion rate of 22% by day 30 of NAP 7.0NAP 7.0 is the 7th in a series of a 60-day accelerator designed to coordinate the effective implementation of priority reforms of selected MDAs each year and should incentivize MDAs to provide key services. reforms in 5 categories: 1) commercial/port reforms, 2) automation reforms, 3) regulatory reforms, 4) legislative/judicial reforms and 5) Executive Order 001/Reportgov.ng monitoring and compliance.
The talks were escalations presented by the PEBEC Secretariat team led by the President’s Special Advisor on the Ease of Doing Business, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole.