Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has expressed happiness over the World Bank Group report entitled: ‘Doing Business in Nigeria 2014’ in which the state was named as one of the top reforming states in 2014.
Amosun, who briefed members of the State Executive Council and the Body of Permanent Secretaries on the report, thanked all officials of the state government for their contributions to the ongoing development in the state, which had attracted the attention of the World Bank.
Ogun State, according to the report, made significant improvement as it was “one of lowest-ranked, overall performers in both 2008 and 2010,” and now, “it is one of the top performing states in 2014.”
The report stated that Ogun improved on three of the four Doing Business indicators benchmark (as) the construction permitting system was radically overhauled, with the state government authorities decentralising the approval system and a new committee monitoring delays.
Briefing top members of the government, Amosun explained that the achievement was made possible through the hard work of many ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), whose officials worked tirelessly to improve on the way business was conducted in the state.
He said the release of the report on September 29, 2014, the same day he was conferred with the national honour of the Commander of the Order of Niger (CON), made his joy very full.
The governor reminded members of his government that while recording success could be easier to achieve, the bigger challenge was how to sustain the success.
He said: “Let us ensure that we improve on all the indicators by the time they will produce 2016 report. This is a collective achievement and we have a joint responsibility to sustain it.”
Amosun noted that officials of the state could now travel abroad and discuss the developments in their state at international fora and in discussions with investors, development partners and financial institutions.
He expressed hope that more investors would access the World Bank report and renew their confidence and interest in taking their business to Ogun State. This, he said, would lead to massive employment for the people of the state.
SOURCE: The Sun
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