24 July 2018, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt — The Association of Nigerian Exporters, ANE, has commended management of the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority, OGFZA, on the performance of the agency in the 2018 ranking by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council, PEBEC, on the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria.
Recall that OGFZA recently clinched the top spot in the 2018 Federal Government Report on Ease of Doing Business Executive Order, EO1.
But the Director General of ANE, Mr. Prince Joseph Idiong, said the ranking of OGFZA by PEBEC as the first among 44 agencies of government in the implementation of the Ease of Doing Business Policy of the Federal Government reflects the hard work and industry of the management of the Authority in the execution of one of the most critical economic policies of the Federal Government.
Idiong commended OGFZA on its spectacular success and noted that the parastatal has earned the distinction less than two years after a new management led by Mr. Umana Okon Umana took control at the agency.
“What has happened is the product of right leadership. Where the leader has a vision and the capacity to carry through with the vision the story is bound to be that of success such as we have in OGFZA.”
Meanwhile, Managing Director of OGFZA, Mr. Umana Okon Umana, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for instituting the Ease of Doing Business Policy and for creating the right environment for agencies of government to deliver on the promise of the policy.
Umana said the operating environment for doing business in Nigeria has changed for the better and hailed all the agencies of government polled in the survey for their diligence and commitment to the spirit and letters of the Ease of Doing Business Policy.
He explained that the credit for OGFZA’s performance in the survey should go to the staff of the Authority for their industry, commitment and hard work.
“Without them, nothing would have been possible. They have been dedicated to the implementation of our roadmap right from the day it was unveiled in February 2017.
“The roadmap is OGFZA’s performance guide which is entirely consistent with the Ease of Doing Business Policy and milestones execution in the agency,” Umana said.