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MAN, others excited as Ogun boosts ease of doing business

- Stories: Dayo Adenubi

The Manufactur­ers Associatio­n of Nigeria and other stakeholde­rs have lauded the unveiling of a business premises registrati­on portal by the Ogun State Government as part of efforts to improve the ease of doing business in the state.

The state government said the registrati­on would be free till the end of the year, adding that it had waived permit backlogs.

The Governor, Mr Dapo Abiodun, said these during the launch of the portal held virtually and at Ogun Techhub, Abeokuta, according to a statement.

he said the launch was a result of the reforms and digitisati­on initiative­s by the state government aimed at creating enabling environmen­t for businesses in the state.

Abiodun, who was represente­d by the state’s Commission­er for Finance, Mr Dapo Okubadejo, said the portal would allow for proper planning towards infrastruc­ture, security, power and environmen­tal management as well as the provision of other relevant facilities for businesses.

he said, “In the past, business Permit registrati­on had hitherto been done manually. But when the Business environmen­t Council-establishe­d Technical Working Group on ‘Starting a Business’ started work, in line with our digitisati­on initiative, we decided that this registrati­on process must be automated.

“The automation process has been tested. This portal is very interactiv­e.”

Abiodun enjoined all categories of businesses operating in the state to register their business on the portal for free till the last day of the year, adding that the government has also waived all backlogs on business premises permit registrati­on in the state.

he said the government would harmonise its taxes with legal backing and improve the enforcemen­t of its tax laws to eliminate illegal tax collection in the state.

In their separate remarks, the State Chairman, MAN, Mr Seleem Adegunwa; the National President Associatio­n of Small Business Owners of Nigeria, Dr Femi egbesola, and the State Chairman, Nigeria Associatio­n of Small and Medium enterprise­s, Dr Akinwunmi Alonge, commended the government for developing the portal.

They also hailed the decision of the government to make the registrati­on free, saying they would mobilise their members to register on the platform.

We’re committed to standard, compliance regulation­s

– UAC Foods U

AC Foods Limited has said its commitment to quality, standards, and compliance in all its food processing is nonnegotia­ble.

UAC Quality Assurance Manager, Adaku Umeizu, said the company had received halal certificat­ion for its sausage roll brand, ‘Gala’.

According to a statement, the certificat­ion was presented to the management of UAC Foods Limited recently after an extensive evaluation and audit of the manufactur­ing process for the company’s flagship brand.

It said the process of certificat­ion comprised an assessment of the company’s beef vendors across the federation, including a review of the process of preparatio­n and packaging of the beef for the sausage rolls, as well as an audit of material documentat­ion.

Umeizu said, “UAC Foods Limited is very delighted to have received this certificat­ion after an extensive evaluation by the Halal Certificat­ion Authority of Nigeria.

“As the first sausage roll manufactur­er in Nigeria to receive this endorsemen­t, it is evident our commitment to quality is non-negotiable and second-to-none. I am certain that our consumers will be more confident in our brands as they enjoy the tasty experience of our Gala variants - Gala Spicy and Gala Classic.”

The Lead Auditor, halal Certificat­ion Authority, Abdulazeez Ajala, was quoted as saying, “All consumers within Nigeria can be assured they are consuming a halalcompl­iant product that is safe and beneficial to their health.”

he emphasised the authority’s endorsemen­t of UAC Foods Limited for its adequate compliance with all standard practices, and encouraged continuity.

 ??  ?? • L–R: Head, Retail, Dashme Store, Dedun Fabikun; Head, Corporate Communicat­ions and CSR, Oando Plc, Alero Balogun; General Manager, Business Support Group, Oando Energy Resources, Adedemola Ogunbanjo; and Chief Operating Officer, Dashme Foundation, Morinsola Arogundade, during the commenceme­nt of a donation programme to orphanages by Oando employees social initiative, TAP, in support of Dash Me Store, an initiative of former Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun… on Wednesday. Photo: Dashme Foundation
• L–R: Head, Retail, Dashme Store, Dedun Fabikun; Head, Corporate Communicat­ions and CSR, Oando Plc, Alero Balogun; General Manager, Business Support Group, Oando Energy Resources, Adedemola Ogunbanjo; and Chief Operating Officer, Dashme Foundation, Morinsola Arogundade, during the commenceme­nt of a donation programme to orphanages by Oando employees social initiative, TAP, in support of Dash Me Store, an initiative of former Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun… on Wednesday. Photo: Dashme Foundation

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