- As Govt begins 60-day action plan on ease of doing business
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday announced a reshuffling of the chairmanship of Senate committees.
The Senate Committee on Trade and Investments now has Senator Sabo Mohammed as the Chairman, while Senator Andy Uba (Anambra-South), who was Chairman of Committee on Public Accounts, was redeployed to Committee on Interior.
Senator Matthew Urhoghide (Edo-South) was moved from Committee on Culture and Tourism to Committee on Public Accounts, while Senator Fatimah Raji-Rasaki (Ekiti-Central), who was Chairman of Committee on Trade and Investments, is now Chairman of Culture and Tourism.
Committee on Local Content now has Senator Olamilekan Adeola (Lagos-West) as Chairman, while Senator Stella Oduah is now Chairman of Committee Cooperation and Integration.
Senator Mustapha Bukar was appointed Chairman of Committee on Capital Market.
Also, vice chairmen of committees were also affected in the reshuffle. Committee on Trade and Investments now has Senator Mohammed Sani Mustapha as Vice Chiarman, while Senator Ademola Adeleke succeeded Adeola as Vice Chairman of Committee on Communications.
The Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, was named Vice Chairman of Committee on Local Content.
Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters now has Senator Babajide Omoworare as Vice Chairman.
The PUNCH had exclusively reported in May 2017 that the Peoples Democratic Party caucus was aggrieved with the retention of Uba in the Committee on Public Accounts since his defection from the opposition PDP to the ruling All Progressives Congress on February 21, 2017.
The committee, which exists in the Senate and House of Representatives, is the only committee in the National Assembly recognised by the Constitution and is traditionally headed by a member of the opposition.
The duties of the committee include monitoring transparency and accountability in the management and expenditure of public funds by ministries, department and agencies.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government will on October 2 begin another 60 days action plan on the ease of doing business in the country.
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Okechukwu Enelamah, stated this at the end of an expanded Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. The meeting was chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Enelamah said: “We have had a very success enabling business environment council meeting. It was an expanded meeting where the Chief Justice of Nigeria was there, representative of senate president, Lagos and Kano governments and all the key ministers and heads of agencies were there.
“It was a stock taking meeting. We have taken stock of what we have achieved already, the journey so far with a plan on the way forward, the idea being that we want to have a second round of the national action plan which is is even more ambitious than the first one. We really want to make it easy for people to do business in Nigeria.” he said
Secretary of PEBEC Dr. Jumoke Oduwole said the National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria is collaborating with the council on the subnational project.
According to her, the council is working with all the states and the FCT in order to make sure that the states are involved.
She said “We are taking ease of doing business state wise. And we are collaborating widely with the private sector, all state governments, the National Assembly.
“We are going to have an omnibus bill that will wrap up all the irritant but most importantly, we are lunching a new 60-day action plan starting from 2nd of October running to the 30th of November and we are going to have the press pack that will contain all the reforms that all the MDAs are going to be working on.
“It’s going to be a very exciting time and we are looking forward to tangible deliverables for the Nigerian people.
“We are targeting SMEs. We want the business climate to be simpler, you don’t need to know anybody to do business effectively in Nigeria. Larger companies ally of the time have different kinds of problems, we want systemic change for small and medium size enterprises. We had the acting DG of NAFDAC, DEC, DG of SON, we had heads of police, immigration, customs, ports authority, the airport, the judiciary.
Senator Bala Ibin Na’allah, who represented the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said the National Assembly would not fail to support moves to ease doing business in Nigeria.
Punch with additional report from Nation