The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), and the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) have emerged overall top-performing agencies in compliance with the 2022 Executive Order 1.
This is according to the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), which covered from January to June 2023.
According to the PEBEC 2023 Executive Order Compliance report, Agencies were ranked based on efficiency compliance, which measured timely, cost-effective, and customer-friendly services as well as transparency assessment.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Monday, Jumoke Oduwole, special adviser to the President on ease of doing business said, “the ease of doing business intervention is an enabler. This is where public and civil servants deliver the actual work and the PEBEC is a facilitator.
” We help them to track what they’re doing. We encourage them, we coach on areas. So, we make them understand the template we help them to operate their service levels, agreements, and everything is made public so the report is available.
“It was a cumulative report, this means that agencies that have been consistent, are rewarded for that consistency and agencies that have been consistently negative in performance, they keep getting those zeros and that’s just there. There is no how we can help them.”
Speaking further, Oduwole said that the evaluation was a way to checkmate corruption as well as drive automation of processes in public offices.
“The report that we released today is January to June 2023. This was even during election time, this was during a change of administration time, so the agencies that were able to stay consistent because government is a continuum.
“Those are the agencies that are really to become calm. They’re really to be praised for that level of concentration and diligence that regardless of what’s happening politically, government Is there public and civil servants are there to serve Nigerian businesses to serve Nigerians and to make it a progressively easier place to start and do business.
“As you know, the work that we are doing is to make it faster, cheaper for businesses to engage with public sector. We don’t have to come to an office four times to do the same thing. You don’t have to come phoning and they’ll say, this list is not complete; come today come tomorrow,” she said.
In his remarks, Amadi Ikpe, the Desk Officer for the Service Delivery Compliance for Nigerian Agriculture Quarantine Service, said PEBEC has 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.
According to him, the program help to evaluate how well public officers are serving the people, while highlighting areas that needed to be improved on. “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.
Others top rated agencies include: Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA), Federal Competition & Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM), and Corporate Affairs Commission, (CAC), among others.