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Ogun mulls automation of business permit to boost investment drive

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As part of efforts to improve ease of doing business and boost investment drive in the state, the Ogun State government has said that business premises permit for new and existing businesses and investments will be automated to ease the application, processing and documentation of such a vital business operations document.

Speaking on Governor Dapo Abiodun-led administration’s investment drive during industrial tours to Intercontinental Distillers Limited and De- United Food Industries, Kikelomo Longe, commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, noted that the automation process would reduce the level of human interface involved in the permit processing, thereby promoting the needed transparency in the process.

Longe said that the state government was working to ensure that all the ministries, departments and agencies involved in improving state’s Ease of Doing Business ranking automate their processes in order to attract more investments and to ensure that Ogun State becomes the industrial destination of choice.

She said, “The automation of the business permit process in Ogun State will soon be ready and this will help simplify the process. Business owners can process their business permit online. This is one of the various steps we are taking to improve the Ease of Doing Business.”

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Speaking earlier, Sola Arobieke, the senior special assistant to Governor Abiodun on Industry, Trade and Investment, disclosed that the government had earmarked 10,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines for business community through Ogun State branch of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria in order for members and entrepreneurs to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Responding separately, Adesina Adegoke, head of operations, Intercontinental Distillers Limited, Ota and Richard Ogunye, human resource manager, De-united Food Industries Limited (DUFIL) Ota, said the companies have consistently paid their taxes and engaged in various corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects and recruiting some fraction of workforce from the state.