Abia Promotes Ease of Doing Business in Multiple Ways, Says Gov’s Aide
Points out What Govt Has Put in Place to Entrench Ease of Doing Business in Abia
The Senior Special Assistant to the Abia Governor on Due Process, Dr Oluebube Chukwu, has said that the state government has been promoting the ease of doing business in multiple ways.
He stated this at a round table forum on ease of doing business in Abia State recently organised in Umuahia by government in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Chukwu, in a lecture entitled, “Ease of Doing Business, Abia State in Focus”, noted that the Alex Otti-led administration was using a multifaceted approach to create a conducive environment for businesses to thrive.
The SSA, whose lecture was delivered by Barr. Nkechi Ogbonna, said that Governor Otti signalled his intention to promote ease of doing doing by creating the Due Process Office, describing it as a noble intention.
He stated that the government will stop at nothing in its avowed commitments to encourage Abians develop greater interest in engaging in various kinds of businesses and entrepreneurial endeavours that add value to the economy.
Dr Chukwu noted that with the existence of an agency on the Ease of Doing Business, government would be more committed to its goal of supporting business growth in the state.
According to him, the agency would discharge its responsibilities through the provision of incentives, guidance, advocacy, and other support services, adding that the future looks very bright for businesses in the state.
He emphasised that the state government would never renege in its commitments of guaranteeing ease of doing business hence it has provided legal frameworks that protect businesses.
The Due Process expert pointed out that legal frameworks available at such offices as the Due Process Office, Ministry of Justice, and the Corporate Affairs Commission, among others, are to ensure that contractual agreements are duly followed.
“This has restored the confidence of businessmen in the state,” he said.
He noted that as a way of deepening the ease in doing business in Abia, government has embarked on massive infrastructural developments in both Aba and Umuahia, where many roads have already been reconstructed and inaugurated.
Dr Chukwu said that the revamping of infrastructure was spreading to different parts of the state in order to ensure a holistic growth of the Abia economy both in urban and rural areas.
He stated that Governor Otti’s quest to make economic activities go on round the clock has received a boost with the installation of Abia Solar Street Lights in different locations thereby reviving night life and commercial activities in the cities.
The SSA noted that government’s demonstrable commitment in ensuring the improvement in power supply were geared towards guaranteeing ease of doing business.
The Due Process helmsman notably underlined government efforts in improving security in Abia, saying that the launching of Operation Crush, a multi agency security operation was part of measures to promote waste of doing business.
He explained that with adequate and sustainable security in place, people would have confidence to do their businesses knowing that the security of lives and properties are guaranteed.
Chukwu further stated that government has developed a feedback mechanism as part of measures to foster ease of doing business in any part of the state, adding that problems associated with businesses are tackled promptly.
He cited the newly introduced unified taxation system, which has eradicated the use of touts in collecting government revenues which has blocked leakages and improved internationally generated revenues.
The SSA on Due Process also noted that the planned digitalization of businesses in the state are part of measures taken by government, aimed at ensuring transparency and ease of doing business.
While lauding the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Ease of Doing Business, Mrs Lilian Ezenwa, for her innovative efforts in promoting business growth, Dr Chukwu called on Abians to think home by investing in the state.
In her closing remarks, Mrs. Ezenwa commended the UNDP for partnering with the state in capacity building and promotion of business growth.
She assured the business community that her office would continually engage with stakeholders in order to sustainably harness the economic potentials of Abia and strengthen its economy.