BY CHIKA OKEKE, Abuja
The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has retained its position as the best Federal Agency in transparency and efficiency in ease of doing business.
In the 2023 Half Year Executive Order 001 Compliance Ranking, which covered from January to June 2023, NCDMB scored 83.06 percent to clinch the top position in the Federal Government’s ranking of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs),
This was the second time that NCDMB clinched the award in two consecutive years, as contained in the Executive Order 001 (EO1) Compliance Report released by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) on Monday.
The board’s sterling performance in 2022 during which it emerged as the best performing MDAs was determined by a combination of efficiency and transparency in its deliverables.
Instituted on 18 May, 2017 by former President Muhammadu Buhari, the EO1 on the Promotion of Transparency and Efficiency in the business environment seeks to facilitate entrenchment of policies and practices that would foster a conducive environment for businesses, especially start-ups, by eliminating bottlenecks.
PEBEC explained that an MDA’s EOI overall performance was a combination of scores on efficiency and transparency rated at 70 per cent and 30 per cent respectively.
It added that the top performing MDAs differentiated itself by achieving a balanced performance on both the efficiency and transparency scales.
Under efficiency, the agency’s adherence to service delivery was rated high while in transparency, the major consideration was the functionality of websites, availability of detailed information, costs, statutory requirements and customer service contact channels.
This latest award followed NCDMB’s emergence as a Level 5 Platinum Level organisation in a report by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) released in January 2023.
The agency was scored 90.5 percent for its Exceptional Performance in the oil and gas sector.
These accomplishments underscored NCDMB’s unwavering commitment in creating a conducive environment for local and international businesses, as well as putting in place initiatives aimed at streamlining processes, reducing bureaucratic bottlenecks, and ensuring that businesses in Nigeria would operate freely.
BY CHIKA OKEKE, Abuja