Oyo-Ita tasks civil servants on ‘executive orders’ implementation
Warns against violation
The Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, has urged federal civil servants in the country to work for the success of the “executive orders” aimed at easing the way of doing business and promoting foreign direct investment into Nigeria’s economy.She warned that any civil servant found wanting would be sanctioned.
Oyo-Ita stated this yesterday in a message at a one-day workshop for directorate cadre in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), titled, ‘’The Operationalisation of the Executive Order on Promotion of Transparency and Efficiency in the Business Environment’’ organised by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) in Abuja.
The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, had on April 18, 2017 signed into law three ‘’Executive Orders, E01, E02 and E03’’ to help promote efficiency, transparency and accountability in carrying out government day-to-day business with the aim of not only re-orientating the people but also encouraging foreign companies to invest in Nigeria.
“The Executive Order E01 mandates all public institutions to ensure the creation of an enabling environment for business to thrive by promoting transparency, efficiency, economic diversification and support for local content in all public procurement to stimulate the economy, and to achieve this objective, all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are to adopt openness in the conduct of their functions, contracting procedures and publishing of contracts.”
The HOCSF said that the order also seeks to promote a vibrant local industry by mandating MDAs to ensure at least 40 per cent local content in all procurement procedures.
She said: ‘’Fellow colleagues, the provisions of the Executive Order E01 is the focus of this gathering and I therefore enjoin you all to demonstrate commitment and support for the declared policy directives of government’s commitment and expertise required to drive this policy direction of government to fruition.’’
Also, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, said that the Executive Order E01 contained far-reaching measures with direct benefits for Nigerian businesses as a proof of the Federal Government and determination to ease the business environment.
Enelamah said: ‘’E01 has five main planks which cover transparency, one government, default approach, entry experience of travellers and visitors as well as port operations.’’
In his opening remarks, Acting Secretary to the Federal Government of the Federation, Dr. Habiba Lawal, said the civil service must lead the way for the success of the orders as the main organ of government in project execution.She said that the success of the orders requires every effort of the civil servants in assisting government to achieve a robust economy for the nation.
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