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ACTING PRESIDENT OSINBAJO SIGNS THREE EXECUTIVE ORDERS TO AID EASE OF DOING BUSINESS IN NIGERIA

ACTING PRESIDENT OSINBAJO SIGNS THREE EXECUTIVE ORDERS TO AID EASE OF DOING BUSINESS IN NIGERIA

On Thursday 18th May 2017, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo signed three executive orders that will significantly reform public institutions in Nigeria. The executive orders will impact the ease of doing business, fast track budget submissions as well as promote made in Nigeria products. In doing this, a citizen focused public service provision approach has also been adopted to ensure implementation of the orders.

The three thematic pillars of the executive orders have been priority areas identified and thoroughly examined by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) at its 21st and 22nd annual economic summits respectively.

It is expected that through the implementation of the executive orders signed by the Acting President, Nigeria’s economy will be become competitive, achieve inclusive growth and sustainability, create jobs, and generally cater to the wellbeing of Nigerians.

Highlights of the three orders as received are as follows listed in A, B & C:

  1. On the Promotion of Transparency and Efficiency in the Business Environment

The FGN is committed to the promotion of domestic and foreign investments, creation of employment and stimulation of the national economy; and

His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria constituted the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council to coordinate the implementation of this policy

NOW THEREFORE, PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE CONSTITUTION AS THE ACTING PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, I HEREBY ORDER AS FOLLOWS:

Transparency in MDAs

Every Ministry, Department and Agency (MDA) of the FGN shall publish a complete list of all requirements or conditions for obtaining products and services within the MDA’s scope of responsibility, including permits, licenses, waivers, tax related processes, filings and approvals. The list shall –

  1. include all fees and timelines required for the processing of applications for the products and services; and
  2. be conspicuously pasted on the premises of the relevant MDA and published on its website within 21 days from the date of issuance of this Order.

Default Approvals

Where the relevant agency or official fails to communicate approval or rejection of an application within the time stipulated in the published list, all applications for business registrations, certification, waivers, licenses or permits not concluded within the stipulated timeline shall be deemed approved and granted.

One Government Directive

An MDA that requires input documentation, requirements or conditions from another MDA in order to deliver products and services on applications within the originating MDA’s remit or mandate, including permits, licenses, waivers, tax documentation, filings and approvals shall only request a photocopy or other prima facie proof from the applicant. It shall be the responsibility of the originating MDA to seek verification or certification directly from the issuing MDA.

Entry Experience of Visitors and Travellers

Ordinary tourist and business entry visas to Nigeria shall henceforth be issued or rejected with reason by the Consular Office of Nigerian Embassies and High Commissions within 48 hours of receipt of valid application. The timeline shall be notified to the public by pasting a notice conspicuously at every Consular Office and by publication on every website of Nigerian Embassies and High Commissions.

Port Operations

There shall be no touting whatsoever by official or unofficial persons at any port in Nigeria. On duty staff shall be properly identified by uniform and official cards. Off duty staff shall stay away from the ports except with the express approval of the agencyhead. The FAAN Aviation Security (AVSEC) and Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) Security shall enforce this order.

All non-official staff shall be removed from the secured areas of airports. No official of FAAN, Immigration, security agency or Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) or any other agency is to meet any non-designated dignitary at any secure areas of the airport. The official approved list of dignitaries that have been pre-approved to be received by protocol officers shall be made available to AVSEC and other relevant agencies ahead of their arrival at the airport.

Any official caught soliciting or receiving bribes from passengers or other port users shall be subject to immediate removal from post and disciplinary as well as criminal proceedings in line with extant laws and regulations.

Registration of Businesses

The Registrar-General of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) shall within 14 days of the issuance of this Order ensure that all registration processes at the CAC are fully automated through the CAC website from the start of an application process to completion, including ensuring the availability of an online payment platform where necessary.

  1. On support for local contents in public procurement by the Federal Government.

All Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the FGN shall grant preference to local manufacturers of goods and service providers in their procurement of goods and services.

Made-in-Nigeria products shall be given preference in the procurement of the following items and at least 40% of the procurement expenditure on these items in all MDAs of the FGN shall be locally manufactured goods or local service providers:

  1. Uniforms and Footwear;
  2. Food and Beverages;
  3. Furniture & Fittings;
  4. Stationery;
  5. Motor Vehicles;
  6. Pharmaceuticals;
  7. Construction Materials; and

h Information and Communication Technology

  1. On Budgets

All Agencies, whether or not listed in the Fiscal Responsibility Act, shall, on or before the end May every year, cause to be prepared and submitted to the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Budget and National Planning their schedule of revenue and expenditure estimates for the next three financial years.

Any revenue or other funds of an Agency in excess of the amounts budgeted and duly expended shall accrue to the consolidated revenue fund of the Federal Government.

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