BY ANDREW IKEHI
INDICATIONS have emerged that Delta State Government will, during the forth-coming Fifth South-South Economic Summit unveil the Delta State ‘One Stop Shop for Invertors’ (DSOSSI).
Ogbueshi Afam Obiago, Economic Adviser to the State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan who dropped the hint during an exclusive chat with The POINTER, said plans to that effect have been completed, explaining that the One Stop Shop which would be officially unveiled by the State Governor during the economic summit scheduled to hold in Asaba, next month, is aimed at making the state an investment destination for both local and foreign investors.
Explaining the rationale behind the move, the governor’s aide said the DSOSSI, when fully operational, will help to address the administrative bottleneck for business start up as well as reduce high cost of doing business in the state.
The DSOSSI, he said, will eliminate dealings with multiple agencies in different locations, eliminate use of discretion and lack of transparency in granting approval as well as provide the highest quality of service to investors.
He stated that the DSOSSI covers investment in all sectors of the economy, including oil and gas, adding that it will also ensure close and professional working relationship among government agencies in order to meet the need of investors.
“The DSOSSI, in collaboration with relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) collates statistical data and information on the state economy, investment climate, legal and regulatory framework as well as sector and industry specific information to assist existing and prospective investors in making informed business decisions”.
He gave the list of participating government agencies to include ; Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Ministry of Finance.
Others include: National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Raw Material Research Development Commission (RMRDC), National Directorate of Employment (NDE) and Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
He added that, Delta Integrated Development Agency, (DIDA), Ministry of lands, Surveys and Urban Development and Ministry of Economic Planning are also included in the list of participating Government Agencies.