Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation on Tuesday faulted a bill seeking to establish National Innovation Agency.
He made the ministry’s position known at a public hearing organised by Senate Committee on Science and Technology at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja.
The Bill was sponsored by Sen. Uche Ekwunife (PDP-Anambra).
In his submission, Mamora who said that although such agencies existed in other climes added that it was important to look at the current realities in Nigeria.
“As well as the bill is well intentioned, we must look at the reality in terms of the capacity and ability to fund those agencies.
“One of the fundamental challenges we have is funding.
The reality of the situation is that we will never have adequate funding for Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
“What we should do is a kind of priotisation and to seek to strengthen and upgrade the existing agencies for the Act to accommodate the identified gaps in the system as opposed to starting something afresh.
“The position of the ministry is that whatever gaps there seems to exist in the existing Act under which the relevant agencies and ministry operate, these gaps can be filled through a process of amendment to the existing Act as opposed to coming with a fresh agency,” he said.
He said it was the proliferation of agencies that led to calls for adoption of Steve Oronsaye’s report which recommended the abolition and merger of government establishment and parastatals agencies.
“The report is with a view to streamline and reduce agencies so that we don’t have duplication of functions and roles which at the end of the day will not be at the interest of our country,” he said.
In her remarks, the Chairperson of the Committee, Sen. Uche Ekwunife who is also the sponsor said that investment in science, technology and innovation was the surest way to better the nation’s economic fortunes.
Ekwunife described science, technology and innovation as the engine room of economic growth and development of the 21st Century and Nigeria could not be left behind.
She said that the African Capacity Report 2017 identified science, technology and innovation as strategic priorities as well as the fastest way to socio-economic transformation.
“While according to the Report of Nigeria Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, the Objective is to build a strong science and technology capacity needed to evolve a smart sustainable economy.
” Reacting to the minister’s reservation on the bill, Ekwunife said that “we are used to MDAs opposing bills of this nature.
“We are talking about workable agency; an agency that can assist this country moving away from been a consumption country to a production country.
“We are not sacrosanct in everything we have said here.
We still have to go back and get the input from the public, experts and host communities to come up with a workable document.
“The Senate is looking at results that can add value to our country.
We are not creating what we have in the system; we want to strengthen an agency that will be all encompassing.
The wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has called for synergy between researchers and policymakers in Nigeria for suitable implementation of research at the government level.
Akeredolu said this while speaking on the topic “Taking Ownership: Sustainability of PEPFAR Programmes” at the 7th Nigeria Implementation Science Alliance (NISA), Conference in Abuja on Wednesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NISA is a collaborative network of program Implementing Partners in Nigeria, committed to identifying, understanding, measuring, and sharing its work done in Nigeria.
According to her, the big question is: Do we have a synergy between researchers and the policymakers whose role is it to implement the results of research at the government level?
She said there was a need to create awareness and understanding around the policymakers who were in positions to affect the implementation of programmes.
She said that when policymakers had the right understanding of the way things were done, there would be that natural inclination in them to ask the right questions and implementation would become a natural thing for them to do.
She said that by so doing, the knowledge gap would be bridged.
She stressed that researchers should do more than merely converging to convey research findings in conference situations.
“When a programme is pronounced by researchers, it is expected that policymakers take certain steps regarding implementation, but the knowledge gap sets it at some point and hinders effective results.
“With the advantage of my various backgrounds, I have the insight that those you expect to play the role of sustainability do not usually understand what there is to be done.
“Even when such a programme cascades to the state level, it again falls into the same hands of policymakers.
Something has to be done in this regard.
” Akeredolu explained that apart from her being the governor’s wife, her background in civil society as a founder of multiple Non Governmental Organisations, private sector investor and retired fishery officer from the Federal civil service, put her in good stead and experience in matters related to programme implementation.
“I belong to three worlds that are of relevance to this conference.
And that is the more reason this gathering is of great interest to me.
“Firstly, I am a retired Federal Fishery Officer after 28 years of service, so I know what happens at the civil service level.
“I also have a background in civil society as I run about four Non-Governmental Organisations, and I am also into the private sector, doing large-scale fish production,” she said.
“Among my NGOs is the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) which thrives on medical research, which is why I am very much interested in this conference.
“In the NGO world, for instance, funding is usually a contentious issue, particularly at the level of programme implementation,” he explained.
She advised researchers to place priority on specific programmes while noting that doing this would go a long way in helping to achieve better results.
“Let me also add that we need to prioritise what our needs are.
We need to answer what policy priorities we make even at the state level.
“My experience in Ondo State, particularly shows that we have so much awareness creation to do on breast and cervical cancer.
There are also the issues of molestation and gender-based violence,” she said.
Meanwhile, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora, lamented the dearth of home-grown data as Nigeria’s perpetual bane in its bid to break through in the areas of scientific research and programme implementation.
Mamora, however, said that the Federal Government already had plans underway toward ensuring that the country resolved its data challenge.
The United State of America Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Country Director, Dr Mary Boyd, observed that donor’s focus is not only on the individual patient but its on building.
Boyd said that it should be a resilient system that could handle any new epidemic like COVID-19, so the progress made would not be compromised.
In his remark, NISA board chairman, Prof. Echezona Ezeanolue, said that NISA was proud to unite over 50 leading organizations.
“The conference allows members to exchange ideas and develop collaborations in public health.
“NISA members are strongly committed to improving public health globally.
Their work is in the different fields, but the overarching objective is to apply implementation of science principles to the challenging areas in healthcare,” he said.
Ezeanolue said it started as a collaboration among United States PEPFAR –supported implementing partners, research universities and policymakers to enhance the quality of health care through implementation of science and research.
“Its goal is to use the information generated from this network to serve in decision making and policy formulation for policymakers, researchers and consumers.
It’s also utilising the country-specific information generated by Nigerian Implementation Science (IS) Researchers and their collaborators to enhance the quality of care being provided,” he said.
Dr Jay Samuel, Director Laboratory Service, APIN, said health organisations and government agencies needed to share information on research and bridge the gap between research and practice.
Samuel said the conference was aimed at solving problems, including those concerning healthcare in the country.
He said: “We are looking for a solution through implementation research.
We can implement the things we already know can work.
Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation has urged the Federal Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO), Lagos to improve on the commercialisation of innovations and new products by the institute.
The minister made the appeal at his maiden visit to FIIRO on Thursday in Lagos.
Mamora said that FIIRO had lots of innovations and products that were not commercialised for public consumption.
He reiterated that the essence of research and innovation was to make the society a better place.
‘’It is better to take a particular priduct and see it to a logical end than having so many Innovations that are lying fallow.
‘’FIIRO is the oldest research institute and should not be allowed to be irrelevant.
“There is need to work as one to improve its status and doing things differently will not bring progress,’’ he said.
The minister encouraged staff of FIIRO to embrace the principles for enhanced productivity.
He said that some of the principles were Collaboration, Cooperation, Coordination, Communication and Cordiality and make them the guidelines in the workplace.
The minister, while reacting to the challenges earlier highlighted by Dr Jummai Tutuwa, the DG of FIIRO, said that low value for research could be attributed to poor funding.
He reiterated that funding would always be an issue because there could never be enough funding due to competing needs.
He urged the management to limit wastages and block Leakages.
Tutuwa, in her welcome address, told the minister that inadequate funding was a challenge facing the research institute.
‘’FIIRO is one of the oldest research institution in the country and has contributed to research and development in the country.
‘’The inadequate funding of the institute has brought about the finishing and commercialisation of many products ,’’ she said.
She however, pledged the institute’s continuous loyalty to the minister.
We’ll sustain support for critical sectors’ privatization —Minister Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, has said that the Federal Government would continuously support the privatisation and commercialisation of critical sectors of the nation’s economy.
The minister stated this during the presentation of ‘Full Business Case(FBC)’ certificates for Public-Private-Partnership in Abuja on Monday.
According to him, government will continue to support critical sectors with great financial burden in order to bolster the socio-economic growth and development of the nation.
Mamora said that two projects to be concessioned were Planetarium and Broadband facilities with specialised theatre.
He said that both projects already had representations where the solar system galaxy and the universe can be projected.
The minister said, ”with satellite, intelligence information could be gathered on tackling some of the problems retarding the growth and progress of the country.
” Also speaking, the Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation, Mr Henry Ikoh, said the Federal Government was resolute in commercialising innovations.
Earlier, Dr Halilu Shaba, the Director-General, National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA),said that Planetarium and Museum building were inaugurated in April 2018. Shaba stated that its sole objective was educational, with the provision of entertainment services to Nigeria about space science and technology.
He said that it also aimed at generating revenue for Nigeria.
The DG said after the projects become operational, they would contribute significantly to space knowledge and astronomy.
The Director-General, Infrastructure, Concession Regulatory Commission,(ICRC), Dr Joe Ohiani said that the two projects would create about 10,000 direct and indirect jobs.
He added that they would also enhance tourism, boost capacity and create great innovations in the country.
Ohiani said that the broadband project would generate about N28 billion and the project would equally create N20 billion.
He said that both projects would also attract foreign investors to the country.
Mr Linus Awute, the Chairman, Ministerial Committee on the provision of Health Insurance for the Retirees and the Elderly in Nigeria, says achieving health insurance coverage for the group is based on political will.
He said this on on Tuesday in Abuja, at the formal presentation of the committee’s report to the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire.
Awute said that recommendations on how to achieve health coverage for the persons concerned were made in the report.
According to him, apart from recommendations, implementation strategies were also provided with the report laying emphasis on financial risk protection for the elderly.
“This is where the issue of funding comes in. We have researched to find that no society can sustain funding of health care from only one source.
“Hence our recommendation is that which is balance between perceived need for Medicare and the acceptable level of national expenditure on health care.
“In this wise, pluralistic timeline sale system is recommended. Here we are advocating for innovative multiple sources of funding.
“We went about to identify such viable sources that will bring about incremental funds landing under the principle of equity and justice that is going to be guaranteed by the new National Health Insurance Act (NHIA) law.
“That is if we can be very innovative, but again, it is all about strong political will”, he said.
Awute, a retired former permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health, said that the report represents an aspect of the minister’s roadmap to achieving universal health coverage.
He added that if implemented, it would represent a remarkable point in the scorecard of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration as it clearly reflects the commitment of his government to promote and improve healthy living and management.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria after the presentation, he said butter committee recommends a participatory approach to healthcare for the elderly and retirees from all three tiers of government to ensure a smooth enrollment process.
He also said that the report recommended a next level activity that has to do with the assemblage of the role players to also form a compact where their responsibilities would be defined.
“Also in alignment with our report is that health insurance is going to be mandated, but that is not going to operate mechanically.
“So there are some sudden architectures that will have to be put in place to forerun the success of that mission, but the most important thing is for us to know that no community, or country can on it’s own resort to a funding of healthcare alone.
“That is why we came up with the pluralistic approach where innovative funding has to come in, meaning that there are areas and sources where these funding provisions can come from.
“After this it is set the template for implementation,” he said.
While accepting the report, the Ehanire said that the document was a big support not only for the elderly, and the retirees but for the whole country.
He said that president subscribed to the view that elders who have served their country be treated with respect and dignity.
He also said that the president committed to investing in older persons in recognition of the contribution they continue to make to family, community, and nation.
“The mark of civilisation in any community is how well the strong can take care of the weak and that is what we call civilisation.
“That nobody is left behind, the young, the old are taken care of because those who are able today were not able when they were younger and one day they will also not be able in future that is the way life is.
“Therefore, in taking this report, you have done a job not only for the elderly, you have done a job for everybody, for the whole of Nigeria and for the whole of our own civilisation here.”
According to him, older persons with intergeneration links were a force for socio-economic growth with institutional memory and experience to shepherd youths and advise on growth opportunities.
The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, commended the committee for coming up with the report, adding that all their efforts would be justified by its implementation.
NAN reports that the 22 member committee was set up on Nov. 30, 2020 to assess the current situation of health insurance coverage and access to health care for Retirees and senior citizens in Nigeria.
It was to also develop a national framework for the effective health insurance coverage of retirees and senior citizens and make recommendations to the minister of health on potential resource mobilisation and other mechanisms for the successful implementation of the framework.()
Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has pledged support for stakeholders in the Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) toward ensuring accessibility and affordability of their products.
Mrs Buhari gave the pledge on Thursday when she received members of TCAM, led by Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, at the State House, Abuja.
She emphasised the need for the stakeholders to sanitise and promote the use of traditional and alternative medicine for the growth of the nation`s health sector.
“ TCAM is a long-standing complement to orthodox medicine in many parts of the world. In Nigeria, production of traditional herbs is still at its primary stage and needs to be further exploited.
“My intention, therefore, is to promote awareness on the importance of local herbs in healthcare, bearing in mind the need for developing it scientifically and producing it for the benefit of our people.
“This requires collaboration in all aspects, from the health ministry to the local producers, because we cannot afford to allow our traditional herbs to waste,” she said.
On his part, the minister called for support by stakeholders in order to encourage the practitioners to increase production and patronage of traditional medicine.
Mamora urged the practitioners to continue improving the traditional medicine.
According to him, “ there is no way of achieving universal health coverage without traditional medicine.”
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the delegation decorated the first lady as ‘Ambassador and Champion’ for her role in promoting traditional and alternative medicine in the country.
NAN also reports that the meeting was organised by the office of the first lady and the federal ministry of health to strategise, ahead of the TCAM Conference and Exhibition, scheduled for June 4 in Abuja.
As the world gets set to mark the 2022 World Malaria Day (WMD), there is the need to take a look at the state of the global pandemic that is threatening the lives of millions of people, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.
World Malaria Day is annually observed on April 25 around the globe to raise awareness about
the pandemic that has continued to claim lives and send millions to hospital.
It is a day marked by all member states of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to underscore the collective energy and commitments of the global malaria community in uniting around the common goal of a world free of malaria.
The world body says that the global observance, which has “Harness Innovation to Reduce the Malaria Disease Burden and Save Lives” as its 2022 theme, is a call for investments and innovation that will bring new vector control approaches, diagnostics, antimalarial medicines and other tools to speed the pace of progress against malaria, adding that “no single tool that is available today will solve the problem of malaria.”
It says the 2022 theme aligns with the call for urgent scale up of innovation and the deployment of new tools in the fight against malaria and for equitable access to malaria prevention and treatment.
Malaria is a disease caused by a plasmodium parasite, transmitted by the bite of infected female mosquitoes of tge genus Anopheles, with varied severity based on the species of the plasmodium.
The symptoms are chills, fever and sweating, usually occurring a few weeks after being bitten and treatment includes antimalarial drugs.
WHO says Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease that has, however, continued to have devastating impacts on the health and livelihoods of people around the world.
The world body said in 2020 that there was an estimated 241 million new cases and 627,000 deaths in 85 countries, with more than two thirds of deaths among children under the age of five years living in the WHO African Region.
It states that in spite of steady advances in lowering the global burden of malaria between 2000 and 2015, progress has stalled in recent years, particularly in high burden countries in sub-Saharan Africa and called for urgent actions to set the world back on a trajectory toward achieving the 2030 target of malaria-free world.
The Global Fund says the fight against malaria is one of humanity’s biggest public health successes, with the annual death rate from the disease dropping by nearly half over the last two decades.
It, however, adds that after years of steady progress, malaria cases and deaths are on the rise “and today, a child dies of malaria every minute.”
The Fund says “funding has plateaued, drug and insecticide resistance is increasing, and COVID-19 has knocked us even further off track, risking a resurgence of the disease and a loss of hard-won gains.
“We cannot let this decline continue. This year, the world has an opportunity to fight for what counts, and invest more to protect hard-won gains and get back on track to reducing malaria cases and deaths.”
It suggested ways to reduce chances of getting infected to include the application of mosquito repellent with DEET (diethyltoluamide) to exposed skin, drape mosquito netting over beds, and putting screens on windows and doors.
Other ways are to treat clothing, mosquito nets, tents, sleeping bags and other fabrics with an insect repellent called permethrin.
On its part, the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, says the 2022 WMD celebration is an opportunity for the global community to raise voices in unison to keep malaria high on the global agenda, adding that “we must raise a sense of urgency and communicate the optimism for what we can achieve together if we act now.”
The Partnership, which is the largest global platform for coordinated action towards a world free of malaria comprising more than 500 members, says its top advocacy goal for 2022 is to activate the global community to support a fully replenished Global Fund of at least 18 billion dollars for programmes between 2024 and 2026.
It adds that “achieving this goal will ensure that the majority of global malaria programmes are fully financed and we can reduce malaria cases by 66 per cent and malaria deaths by 62 per cent between 2020 and 2026.
It says the effort will also increase coverage of insecticide-treated nets in Africa by 19 per cent by 2026, ensure all eligible pregnant women receive at least three doses of preventive malaria treatment by 2025, treat 500 million malaria cases through public sector systems between 2021 and 2026 and eliminate malaria from an additional six countries.
Meanwhile, the 2020 World Malaria Report indicated that Nigeria had the highest number of global malaria cases (27 per cent of global malaria cases) in 2019 and accounted for the highest number of deaths (23 per cent of global malaria deaths).
It stated that “malaria is transmitted all over Nigeria; 76 per cent of the population live in high transmission areas, while 24 per cent live in low transmission areas. The transmission season can last all year round in the south and about three months or less in the northern part of the country.
“The primary vector across most of the country is the Anopheles mosquitoes.”
The report stated that prevention programmes focus on promotion of mosquito bed nets called Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLITN), along with education for families and healthcare providers on the importance of the nets to prevent mosquito bites.
The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, recently said “malaria has killed and continues to kill more in Africa than HIV and COVID-19.
He made the remark when a team from Godrej Nigeria Limited, makers of GoodKnight Power Shots Insecticide paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.
He commended the team for donating 10,000 units of the insecticide toward the malaria fight in the country, saying it would go a long way in the crusade.
Malaria deaths are usually related to one or more serious complications, including cerebral malaria.
This is because if parasite-filled blood cells block small blood vessels to the brain, swelling of the brain or brain damage may occur. Celebral malaria may also cause seizures and coma.
The first malaria vaccine to be approved was RTS,S (brand name Mosquirix), developed by GlaxoSmithKline and which gained approval in 2015 in Europe, enabling WHO to formulate recommendations for its use in Africa.
RTS,S was approved specifically for use in infants and young children aged six weeks to 17 months.
In a study involving nearly 16,000 young children in Africa, the vaccine successfully prevented malarial infection in about 46 per cent of young children aged five to 17 months and 27 per cent of infants aged six to 12 weeks.
RTS,S, a recombinant vaccine engineered to express P. falciparum proteins is capable of stimulating antibody production against the parasite.
In conclusion, therefore, the call by WHO for investments and innovation to bring new vector control approaches, diagnostics, antimalarial medicines and other tools to speed the pace of progress against malaria is germane.
This is because the world body has realised that “no single tool that is available today will solve the problem of malaria.” (NANFeatures) (
The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, commended the Jabi Federal Medical Center (FMC) for successfully performing open heart surgeries on four patients for the first time.
He gave the eulogy Monday in Abuja, when he visited the facility for an on-site assessment of patients and some equipment at the hospital.
Mamora, who praised the team that carried out the surgery, said the procedures went smoothly as patients were already improving.
He added that it was important for Nigerians to encourage and promote the success stories of Nigerian professionals, as this would discourage medical tourism outside the country.
“If we do something positive and it is not reported, then it would be like lighting a candle and putting it under the table.
“This is a feat to be commended even as we give glory to God, may praise be bestowed on President Muhammadu Buhari.
“This is because your administration has improved our facilities, health and medical facilities in general.
“And it's a gradual process of improving our ability to handle cases that are considered impossible, because all the time we have the capacity in terms of staffing.
“What is needed is an enabling environment, in terms of facilities and with that we will be able to fly trades as professionals in the health sector,” he said.
Prof. Saad Ahmed, Medical Director, FMC Jabi, added that the surgeries were performed with the support of the Save the Heart Foundation.
The medical director called on philanthropists, corporate entities and well-meaning Nigerians to donate to the facility's indigent medical fund to generate funds for treating patients.
“The essence is to tame it and make it a routine procedure for the Federal Medical Center in Abuja.
“This will be to the benefit of all Nigerians as well as our neighboring countries and other parts of the world.
“Although we started small, we are looking to make it bigger in the near future,” he added.
For his part, Dr. Alex Tosan, Chairman of the Board of FMC Jabi, praised the medical director, senior management and the team that performed the surgeries.
He added that the surgeries that were done at subsidized costs were performed only.
“Patients are doing very well as most of them are even surprised to learn that the surgery has been done.
"Within 48 hours, they were all awake, none in any pain, none in any post-traumatic stress that comes with major surgeries," he said.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the minister who had an interactive session with the four patients in his wards, also inspected some equipment in the hospital.
Late Chief Ernest Shonekan
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former President Goodluck Jonathan and former Head of State Yakubu Gowon were among the dignitaries who attended Chief Ernest Shonekan's funeral in Lagos.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the church service was held on Friday at Christ Church Cathedral, Marina, Lagos.
Shonekan, the Head of the Interim National Government of Nigeria in 1993, died on January 11 at the age of 85.
He would be buried in the Ebony Vaults, Ikoyi.
Other dignitaries on the occasion include the Secretary to the Federation Government, Mr. Boss Mustapha, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun and Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo.
In his sermon, a former Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Most Reverend Peter Akinola, said that the late Shonekan risked his life for the good of Nigeria, urging leaders to do the same.
The cleric said many people advised Shonekan not to take over as head of the interim government because of the risk of a coup, but Shonekan considered Nigeria more important.
“Even the church refused to give Shonekan the benefit of the doubt, while some political opportunists demonized him and called him unprintable names.
“He risks his life for the good of this country. Perhaps we would like to know that Shonekan was not completely unaware that the coup would occur.
"Shonekan, not being typically ambitious like some politicians, refused to do many things to stay in office," he said.
Akinola said that Shonekan had done all that God allowed him to do for himself, his family, the church and Nigeria.
“He has finished his course and now sleeps in the Lord.
“When he rises at the end of time, it will be in the glorious eternal kingdom of God.
“Let us, then, be careful with the life we lead.
"Let's be careful about judging others, especially when we don't have all the facts of the matter," he advised.
reports that other dignitaries include Senator Ibukunle Amosun, Senator Rabiu Kwakwanso, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed, and Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Adeniyi Adebayo.
Others are the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora; his counterpart from Works and Housing, Mr. Mu'azu Sambo; and Primate Henry Ndukuba of the Church of Nigeria.
The funeral service featured choral performances, prayers for the deceased, his family and the nation, and Holy Communion was served.
Shonekan's body left the church at 1:30 pm for Ebony Vaults, Ikoyi, for internment.Keep reading
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says that from now on there will be a more aggressive accountability audit of Federal Government agencies.
He said the audit would help identify bureaucratic bottlenecks and remove them in a renewed effort to further improve the country's business environment and economy.
Osinbajo spokesperson Laolu Akande, in a statement Thursday in Abuja, said the vice president made the unveiling at the event celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council, PEBEC.
The celebration took place Wednesday night in the Banquet Hall of the State House.
According to Osinbajo, this measure, in turn, will encourage more local and foreign investment and create more jobs and opportunities for Nigerians.
He said that in some of the agencies, the bosses were committed to change; But in the future, the system either resisted or was simply not well designed to function properly.
“We must ensure that they are not easily prevented from doing business so that they can generate the opportunities our nation needs.
“The Federal Government will work with the agencies to implement a more aggressive accountability audit.
“Where we identify the specific bottlenecks in the systems, possibly even the particular desktops where these problems arise; then we can look for agencies and officials that have failed or resisted change. ''
Mr. Osinbajo said that despite challenges in some areas, PEBEC's reforms and efforts have been instrumental in improving Nigeria's business environment in recent years.
Mr. Osinbajo said that since its inception, PEBEC had achieved the implementation of more than 150 reforms and completed six National Action Plan, NAP.
“As a result, Nigeria has advanced a total of 39 places in the World Bank's Doing Business Index since 2016, and was named one of the 10 most improved economies in the world twice in the last three cycles.
“Nigeria was also named one of only two African countries to be on this highly regarded list in 2019.
“Similarly, the 2018 Subnational Doing Business report on Nigeria recorded an unprecedented improvement, with 100% participation by states in exercising the right of reply.
"The World Economic Forum (WEF), in its 2018 Global Competitive Report, also recognized Nigeria's business environment as one of the most entrepreneurial in the world and highlighted the enhancement of Nigeria's competitiveness in the enabling business environment."
According to him, PEBEC's reforms have shown what is possible if stakeholders are practical and intentional to facilitate business in Nigeria.
The vice president highlighted the collaborative efforts of various reform-minded MDA heads to advance PEBEC's reforms and plans, explaining that they were instrumental in their development and implementation.
For her part, Maryam Katagum, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investments, presented the five-year empirical impact evaluation book and the PEBEC coffee commemorative book.
She said the books kept faith in the council's tradition by documenting its activities and using fact-based metrics to measure the impact of its reforms.
The minister said that the empirical impact assessment was commissioned to assess the impact of the reforms outlined in the PAN.
In her remarks, Jumoke Oduwole, Special Advisor to the President on Ease of Doing Business, highlighted PEBEC's achievement in promoting the ease of doing business in Nigeria.
Ms Oduwole said that institutional reforms in the public sector were important factors in driving and sustaining economic growth and development.
He said that the current administration was the first to dedicate an autonomous segment of a national development plan to such intervention, under the competitive pillar of its 2017-2020 Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.
Dignitaries at the meeting included Ajibola Basiru, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Boss Mustapha, Secretary of the Federation Government, and the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.
Others were the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite, the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba and the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora.
The event was also attended by the Special Advisor to the President on Social Investments, Maryam Uwais, Heads of Federal and Parastatal Government agencies, members of the diplomatic corps, development partners, industry captains, among others.