Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, has charged the government agencies to obey Federal Government’s Presidential Executive Orders on ease of doing business.
According to him, This will bring about ease in trade facilitation and also boost investor confidence in the country’s trade.
The minister, who disclosed this during his visit to the Lagos port, faulted the unnecessary bureaucracy and bottlenecks enthroned by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) in dealing with investors at the Calabar Free Trade Zone (CFTZ) in the course of goods clearing.
He said: “When I talk about the presidential order on ease of doing business, it is all about implementation. It is a culture of service that we need. As a people, we are all guilty in the sense that we have not had a culture of service to the degree that we should, and I think as a country, we should change.”
He noted that the primary objective of the Presidential Executive Orders was to make life easier for investors in terms of their operations and ensure they are not unduly troubled. He also flayed the NCS over delayed examination of containers of equipment for the country’s digital switchover belonging to Gospel Digital despite presidential directives. This does not augur well for business in the country.