By Seun Ibiyemi
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has said that the country is eyeing to be part of the top 70 compliance country on the World Bank Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) by the year 2023.
This is even as he commended the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) for helping the country to move from its initial position of 170 to 131.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation stated this, over the weekend, during the third Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Corporate Dinner and Merit Awards held in Lagos.
Mustapha explained that since President Muhammad Buhari signed the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) in July 2016, the initiative has helped the Ease of Doing Business in the country.
According to him “In our bid to improve efficiency and productivity in the industry and country, PEBEC was created to ensure an enabling environment for port efficiency.
“Government will continue to support the maritime sector because on it, rests opportunities for wealth creation and economic growth.”
Mustapha also commended the Director General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, for the progress made so far by the agency, stating that the success was due to the commitment drive of its staff and stakeholders in the industry.
Speaking earlier in his welcome address, the host of the event, Dr Dakuku Petersides stated that since the introduction of the NIMASA annual staff commendation awards three years ago, the image and perception of the agency has been transformed.
Dakuku listed some of the key achievements of the agency to include: introduction of final billing system, annual maritime forecast, improved ship registry, increased ship tonnage, among others.
He attributed the achievements to the commitment of the members of staff at the agency adding that the agency wasn’t under any illusion as there was still work to be done in order to build on the modest achievements.
181 members of staff of NIMASA were awarded at the events. Other awards winners include Total E&P which won the most compliant ISPS offshore facility; Tin-Can Island Container Terminal as the best Terminal/Jetty operator, while Man Oron bagged best Maritime training institution, amongst many others awards given to stakeholders in the industry.