BY ANDREW IKEHI
DELTA State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Mr. Charles Ajuyah (SAN) has identified insufficient information by parties and poor power supply as some of the challenges hampering speedy legal processes of MoU and other legal business documents in the state.
Ajuyah disclosed this recently when the Economic Adviser to Delta State Governor, Mr. Afam Obiago led a delegation of officials of the Delta State One-Stop-Shop for Investors (DSOSSI) on a fact-finding mission to his office.
The commissioner, who spoke through the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Emmanuel Okirhereyefa, pledged the ministry’s determination to partner with DSOSSI officials in achieving government’s objective of reducing the cost of doing business in the state.
He asked officials of DSOSSI to work closely with the ministry for timely handling of all legal barriers to businesses in the state.
Earlier, the economic adviser said in order to achieve sustainable economic development in the state, capacity building must continue to receive priority attention.
Obiago described capacity building as a veritable tool in the realisation of the state government’s three-point agenda, ensure sustainable economic development as well as boost the state government’s efforts at diversifying the economy.
The governor’s aide used the forum to appeal to different ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in the state to adopt the policy of prompt reply of letters forwarded to their different offices by prospective investors, saying that would help facilitate business processes in the state.
He particularly asked the State Ministry of Justice to fashion out ways of ensuring speedy legal processes in the signing and approval of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between business associates in the state.
He said DSOSSI was established to work out ways of reducing the cost of doing business in the state, adding that the initiative was also informed by World Bank publication which adjudged Nigeria as the costliest country in the world to do business.
Obiago therefore, called on Deltans to throw their weight behind the state government in the realisation of the dream behind the establishment of the DSOSSI.
BY ANDREW IKEHI