As part of efforts to simplify the process of business registration that will further improve the Ease of Doing Business, the Ogun State Government has revealed that arrangements are in top gear to complete the business permit automation to promote transparency.
Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Kikelomo Longe made this known during an industrial tour of Intercontinental Distillers Limited and De-United Food Industries Limited (DUFIL), in Ota, stating that the process would reduce the level of human interface involved in the permit registration.
Longe said the Prince Dapo Abiodun-led administration had been working tirelessly to ensure that Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), involved in improving the State’s Ease of Doing Business ranking computerise their documentation.
“The automation of business permit process in Ogun State will soon be ready to help simplify and ease business registration. Business owners can process their permit online. This is one of the various steps we are taking to improve the Ease of Doing Business”, the Commissioner said.
Longe stated that strategic steps to attract more investments into the State had been taken, through the implementation of major initiatives, policies and programmes, saying the government would intensify effort to address road challenges in Ota axis.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Olu. Ola. Aikulola lauded the contributions of both companies to the economic development of the State through employment of residents and implementation of different Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects.
Aikulola called on the companies to expand their operations to other parts of the State, assuring that the Ministry would continue to provide necessary support for businesses to thrive.
In her contribution, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Industry, Trade and Investment, Ms. Sola Arobieke urged the companies to leverage on the 10,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses made available to the members of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN).
Responding, the Head of Operations, Intercontinental Distillers Limited, Mr. Adesina Adegoke and the Human Resource Manager, DUFIL, Mr. Richard Ogunye said the companies would continue to support government in achieving the Public-Private-Partnership initiative, assuring that they would not relent in carrying out their CSR projects to improve the living standard of people in their host communities.