The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) recognized the contributions of CRC Credit Bureau Limited to the success of the 2016-17 Ease of Doing Business reforms at its Impact Awards ceremony held on Monday, December 11, 2017 at the State House in Abuja.
The award was presented by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara. The award was received by the CRC Credit Bureau's Regional Manager, Abuja and the North, Mr. Ayodeji Aluko who was representing the Managing Director, Mr. 'Tunde Popoola at the event.
Speaking at the award presentation, the Vice President acknowledged the work done by the Executive and Legislative to sort out the business environment by passing bills that met the deadline. He also pointed out that the next line of action will be harder.
I want to say to everyone, that it is so important that we move up as quickly as possible on the Ease of Doing Business scale, but more importantly, that we make a real impact on our business environment because this is not just about moving up or some World Bank rating, for us it is more important that we create an environment where small and big businesses, are able to do business effectively in this environment and do so with ease.
That is the target we have set for ourselves, that the day must come, when anyone who comes to this country can say I was able to do my business easily and effectively, and local business people can confirm that it is just a breeze to do business in Nigeria.
For us, it is more important that we are able to create an environment where small businesses and bid businesses and everyone is able to do business effectively in this environment and to do so with ease. And I think that that is the target we have set for ourselves; that the time must come, a day must come that anyone who comes into this country will say I was able to do business easily and effectively and local businesses can confirm that it’s just a breeze to do business in Nigeria and I think that we can really achieve that. A lot of it has to do with our bureaucracy and the way that the bureaucracy works. We are working very hard on that on the attitude of bureaucrats and persons who have been charged with responsibilities of making things easy. Sometimes, such people mat really not understand their roles as well as they ought because the whole business of processing or giving investment approvals and all of that should be able to make things easy and not be able to become an obstacle of sorts.
And I think that that attitude is changing and we are going to ensure that it continues to make progress as we go along. So just to say, again I thank very much for all of the efforts that have gone into this and to say that the next few weeks and few months will involve a lot of doing and all of us we are going to write into this. And I already have the assurances of our friends and colleagues in the legislature and at the states as well. We are bringing more sub-nationals at this point, may be more states and I’m sure we’re going to be even more successful than we were in the first action plan.