The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) has released its 2021/2022 Executive Order 001 (EO1) Compliance Report. This is in keeping with its promise to track the ongoing compliance with the Executive Order on the Promotion of Transparency and Efficiency in the Nigerian Business Environment and to routinely document the impact of the PEBEC reform agenda. On May 18, 2017, the Administration issued its first Executive Order, Executive Order 001 (EO1) on Transparency and Efficiency in the Business Environment. The Order is designed to strengthen the implementation of business climate reforms and to deepen collaboration among ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) by instituting a systemic change management process for reforms. EO1 mandates MDAs to submit monthly reports to the PEBEC Secretariat, the offices of the Head of Service (HOS) of the Federation, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), and SERVICOM. Over the last five years, the PEBEC has consistently published an EO1 Compliance Report, which presents an empirical analysis of the monthly reports submitted by MDAs. An MDA’s overall EO1 performance score combines scores on Efficiency and Transparency measures at a ratio of 70% and 30% respectively. Efficiency measures an MDA’s compliance to service delivery timelines, as well as compliance with the Default Approval and One Government directives of the EO1. While Transparency is measured based on the existence of an updated website, an interactive online service portal, a detailed content of services, timelines, costs, statutory requirements, and customer service contact details The latest E01 Compliance Report spans the period from July 2021 to June 2022. The result of the assessment shows that the overall top five performing MDAs during this period are the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) which emerged first at 81.48%; Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) (2nd, 77.38%); Oil & Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA) (3rd, 75.80%); Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) (4th, 69.04%); and Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) (5th, 68.37%). In releasing the report, Dr Jumoke Oduwole, Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business and Secretary to the PEBEC stated that “the 2021/2022 EO1 Compliance Report keeps faith with our commitment to track EO1 implementation. Now in its fifth year, the results from the report demonstrate the need to deepen EO1 compliance across all MDAs as stronger implementation of the Order will transform the Nigerian business environment, by delivering significant and measurable impact.” The PEBEC was established in July 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari to remove critical bottlenecks and bureaucratic constraints to doing business in Nigeria. His Excellency the Vice President, Professor Osinbajo SAN, GCON, is Chair of the Council.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Industry, Trade and Investment (OVP) /Secretary, Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council