Kwara State Government has inaugurated a 12-person Ease of Doing Business Council to drive its efforts to lift bureaucratic bottlenecks that hurt businesses as well as attract new investments to the state.

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The setting up of the Council is one of the recommendations of the Ease of Doing Business Report 2020 approved by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.

The State Deputy Governor Mr. Kayode Alabi disclosed this during the inauguration of the body which is chaired by the Head of Service Mrs. Modupe Susan Oluwole, Group Managing Director Harmony Holdings Limited Abdullahi Abdulmajeed as the Secretary, Commissioner for finance Florence Oyeyemi, Commissioner for enterprise Abdulwahab Agbaje and others.

Alabi said the council would identify and eliminate all constraints to the growth of business, especially small and medium enterprises through holistic reforms.

He also said AbdulRazaq is unhappy with the rating of the state in the country’s ease of doing ranking and is determined to turn the page with reforms of various processes.

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The state’s efforts would target the four main areas of business premise registration, registration of properties (land acquisition for investment), enforcing contracts, and dealing with construction permits, according to documents from the council.

Alabi explained that the council will also be responsible for the creation of the State Ease of Doing Business Reform framework and charter as well as see to its diligent implementation among other critical activities required to enhance the enabling business climate of the state.

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