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PEBEC honours young public servants at The Future Awards Africa 2019


Hakeem Muri-Okunola, Lagos State Head of Service, Dr Jumoke Oduwole_Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Muhammad Sani Dattijo_Chief of Staff to Kaduna State Government

As part of its promise to remove all regulatory obstacles and ensure that Nigerian businesses thrive, The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) endowed the Prize for Public Service at the 14th edition of The Future Awards Africa, which held on Sunday, 24 November, 2019 at the Balmoral Event Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.

This category, which was won by Adetola Onayemi, is given to a technocrat who has made an outstanding contribution in the public service sector within the year in view (excluding politics). Adetola designed the first-ever Trade Remedies Infrastructure for protecting the Nigerian economy from injurious and unfair trading practices from foreign countries and companies.


In recognition of the commitment required to transforming public service delivery in the country, the head of the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat (EBES) and Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Dr Jumoke Oduwole lauded all the nominees, while also emphasizing the mandate of the Council to make “business work by changing the face of governance in Nigeria”.

She also highlighted the importance of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council’s app, which aims to help citizens resolve complaints against regulatory bodies and public officials within 72 hours by using the web and mobile applications available for download on all mobile devices.

Described by the World Bank as the ‘Nobel Prize for Young Africans,’ The Future Awards Africa celebrates inspiring, young Nigerians changing the African narratives and making impact through their initiative, skill and creativity, thereby raising responsible citizens with the desire to achieve and create better communities.

Since its establishment in 2016, the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) has successfully implemented over 140 reforms which continue to make doing business easy across the country by removing bureaucratic obstacles, and reducing the time, cost, and procedures required to start and run businesses in Nigeria.

In 2019, the World Bank named Nigeria as one of the top 10 most improved economies in the Doing Business Index, moving 15 places. Nigeria is also one of only two African countries to make this highly prestigious list, and has improved an aggregate of 39 places in three years.


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