Nigeria however ranked 146 out of the 190 in the World Bank’s recent ranking in the ease of doing business and 171st position on the ranking of getting electricity index. New Zealand, Singapore and Denmark occupied the 1st, 2nd and 3rd position respectively in the ease of doing business out of the 190 countries in the list. Somalia, Eritrea and Venezuela RB are at the bottom. In West African economies Ghana ranked 114 out of 190 economies, Cote d’ Ivoire 122, Burkina Faso 79 and Sierra leone 55.
According to Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) data, daily peak power generated as at August 31st 2018 stood at 4341MW, 4726MW at July 31st, 4335 MW at June 30th and 4280 at May 31st 2018.
The Chairman Plateau State Economic Team and Director of the Jos Business School Ezekiel Gomos said Nigeria has improved in World Bank ranking on the ease of doing business from the 169th position out of 190 countries it use to hold in 2015.
Gomos told Business a.m that the Presidential Enabling Business Environment set up by the president in 2016 which the vice president heads was paramount in improving Nigeria’s ranking.
He said issuing visa on arrival, easy clearing of goods, increased power generation and tax harmonization is a booster of the business environment.
Considering power generation which is a key factor in economic growth, the chairman of Plateau State economic team, Gomos said “Electricity generation has moved to 7000MW and the gas initiative in generating electricity is on because gas is cheaper “.
Gomos who said this move is yielding results however noted that some of these policies needs time for Nigerians to feel the full impact.
” Tax harmonization has reduced the rate of taxation but it will take years for this to fully implemented because all the states wants to generate revenue”.
Gomos further said that the current administration of Governor Simon Lalong in Plateau State has reduced the cost of registering landed properties by 50% to enable businesses acquire land documents that could qualify them for loans.
Frontpage November 21, 2018