Stakeholders in the private sector have called on the Federal Government to create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the country.The call, they said, is based on the fact that Ease of Doing Business (EODB) in Nigeria, an initiative of the Federal Government, still has gaps that should be addressed for seamless economic activities in the country.
Describing the EODB as a topical issue that needs urgent attention, they further argued that if not permanently addressed, the problems of insecurity and other negative vices will persist.
President and Chairman of Council of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN), Bode Ayeku, said the institute would continue to create awareness until doing business in Nigeria becomes easy and seamless.He restated the institute’s commitment to supporting industrialisation and diversification by promoting principles of corporate governance and advocacies that support the ease of doing businesses.
Ayeku said the institute at this year’s conference has put plans to address the topical issues, where experts both from the private and public sector would proffer solutions to challenges bordering the ease of doing business in Nigeria.With the theme, “Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria: The Role of Regulatory Agencies”, Ayeku said the conference would be rewarding in view of the relevance of the theme to today’s business environment as well as erudite discussants slated to speak on the event.
“If there is ease of doing business in the country, there will be more investments, more investors will come to do business and it will also generate more employment.
“We have problems of insecurity because some things have not been addressed. Companies cannot employ people when insecurity has not been addressed. Security is fundamental. The primary assignment of any government is to address insecurity.
“Forum is an opportunity for government to address considering the ease of doing business. We will keep on creating awareness until government addresses the issue, which is one of the fundamental issues in the country, “Ayeku said.
The annual conference is one of the cardinal programmes of ICSAN aimed at promoting good governance in the sectors of the economy with a view to ensuring compliance with international best practices.