Again, NCDMB, SON Others Top Chart As PEBEC Releases 2023 Half-year Executive Order 001 Compliance Report

ABUJA – The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) has released its 2023 Half-Year EO1 Compliance Report with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) ranking first, second and third respectively.

PEBEC said the Executive Order 001 (EO1) is now codified under the Business Facilitation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Acts (BFA) 2022).

The Compliance report was released during a stakeholders’ sensitisation session with Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) and it fulfills the Council’s continued commitment to track compliance with the Executive Order on promoting Transparency and Efficiency in the Nigerian business environment.

“Over the past six years, the PEBEC has consistently published EO1 Compliance Reports, providing an empirical analysis of the monthly reports from MDAs.
“An MDA’s EO1 performance score is based on Efficiency and Transparency measures, with a 70% to 30% ratio, respectively.

“Efficiency measures compliance with service delivery timelines and directives of the EO1, while Transparency is assessed based on website updates, online service portals, detailed service information, timelines, costs, statutory requirements, and customer service contact details. The latest EO1 Compliance Report covers January 2023 to June 2023.

“The top five performing MDAs during this period are the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) with an impressive 83.06%, followed by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) at 82.85%, and the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) ranking third with 69.85%” said Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, the Special Adviser to the President on PEBEC And Investment.

According to her, the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) and the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) also secured the fourth and fifth positions, scoring 67.99% and 64.01%, respectively.

Dr. Oduwole, urged the MDAs to leverage the findings in the report to deliver the much-needed improvement in transparency and efficiency of public service delivery to improve the Nigerian business environment.

The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) was established in July 2016 by the Federal Government to oversee Nigeria’s business environment intervention with the dual mandate of removing bureaucratic and legislative constraints to doing business and improving the perception of the ease of doing business in Nigeria.

Oduwole stated that the Council is chaired by His Excellency, Vice President Kashim Shettima GCON, adding that the 2023 Half-Year EO1 Compliance Report is available for download on the PEBEC website.

Also speaking during the event, Amadi Ikpe, the Desk Officer for the Service Delivery Compliance for Nigerian Agriculture Quarantine Service, representing the Reform Champion for the meeting, said PEBEC interventions have been great, stressing that before PEBEC, trade facilitation was not at the pace that it is currently.

“PEBEC brought in a structure that helps to deal with all the challenges that trade facilitation had been facing so far without having individuals to be physically involved in the process.

“That is to say that you have a structure that helps to prevent rent seeking without policing the people. You have a process to evaluate how well you are serving the people and areas you can improve on without having to think too far. So they put in data analytics into their system and that is what has made it smooth.

“The figures are there, and you know numbers don’t lie. So that has helped to improve trade facilitation so far and has helped us as agencies that give this services at the border to improve our processes on our own. Their reporting system helps gather information and has been more critical to our own processes and our standard of operations than we believe it would have been” he said.

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