• remove bureaucratic bottlenecks and constraints to doing business in the State; and
• move Ogun State upwards in the Ease of Doing Business Rankings in the Country.
The Ogun State Business Environment Secretariat (OGBES) started operation in October, 2020 from its office situated at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. The Secretariat, headed by the Project Coordinator, OGBES/Secretary, OGBEC, has the directive of the Council to work in tandem with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to implement the Business Environment Council’s reform agenda in the State. OGBES, in conjunction with relevant MDAs will execute the resolutions and directives of the Council and also escalate successful procedures for the attention of the Council. The objective of the Secretariat, therefore, is to streamline the regulatory process and timing associated with activities which would improve the State’s rating on the World Bank sub national index on the Ease of Doing Business.
EASE OF DOING BUSINESS IN OGUN STATE
In the Ease of Doing Business Indicators measured at subnational level, the State is doing fairly well in some aspects, while a lot of work is required in others. The performance of the State at a glance is depicted below:
Ogun State Perfor -mance
Distance to frontier score (0-100)
Cost (% of income per capital)
Minimum capital(% of income per capital)
Starting a business
Cost (% of property value) – 14.1
Quality of land administration index(0-30) – 5
Dealing with construction permits
Cost(% of warehouse value) – 7.8
Building quality control index (0-15) – 10
Cost(% of claim value) – 39.00
Quality of Judicial process index (0-18) – 7
Reference: Doing Business in Nigeria Report, 2018
The State has also inaugurated seven (7) Technical Working Groups (TWGs) to drive the reforms that would improve the ranking of the State in the Ease of Doing Business and place and sustain the State as the hub of economic activities and industrialization in the Country. The seven (7) Technical Working Groups (TWG) are Registering a Property, Dealing with Construction Permits, Enforcement of Contracts, Business Environment Reform Implementation, Business Planning, Payment of Taxes and Selling to Government.
A 60-day Action Plan draft has been developed and it is in the process of been considered by the TWGs and after its subsequent approval by the Council, will drive reforms in the key indicators as Starting a business, obtaining Construction Permits, Property Registration, Enforcing Contracts and Systematic Land Titling.
OGBEC will provide a report of activities under its action plan every 60 days.