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‘LCCI worried about citizens’ welfare, frequent regulatory burdens’


Babatunde Ruwase

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), has expressed worry about the fragile nature of the economy and its implications for poverty and citizens’ welfare, considering the rising population growth rate.

Besides, the chamber described year 2018 as challenging for many businesses, as operators experienced frequent incidence of regulatory challenges leading to increased burden on businesses, higher cost of operation, waste of executive time and reputational consequences.

According to the LCCI, these challenges manifested in form of arbitrary fines and charges, sanctions and frequent summons of corporate executives by the National Assembly, noting that the regulatory environment was a major source of distraction for many corporate entities during the outgoing year.

The President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Babatunde Ruwase, said the Federal Government has a huge task in fostering an environment where businesses can thrive better. Ruwase stated this during the Chamber’s yearly general meeting in Lagos on Thursday.He said that sound and result-oriented business regulations were critical for private sector development.

“The regulatory environment was a major source of distraction for many corporations during the outgoing year and it also adversely impacted the confidence of investors,’’ the LCCI boss said.He acknowledged the efforts of the present administration through the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) and series of Presidential Executive Orders targeted at improving the business environment.

Ruwase noted that the outgoing year was characterised by numerous opportunities, achievements and challenges, saying that “in all, it has been a very eventful year for our chamber’’.He said that despite all the challenges, the economy was able to maintain a positive growth trajectory driven by the recovery of oil price for most part of the year.
Ruwase said that this gave a major boost to the macroeconomic fundamentals, “Nigeria remains a robust economy with a large market, abundant natural resources and a productive population,’’ he said.

The LCCI chieftain appealed to all members to improve their participation in the activities of the chamber by regularly attending meetings and events.“It provides veritable platform for discussing policy matters and issues that affect various sub-sectors of the economy,’’ he said.

Ruwase said that the chamber remained resolute in promoting policies that supported private sector development and the general progress of the economy.

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