The NCCN Working Groups

The NCCN has initiated Four Working Groups in the areas of –

The Working Groups draw membership from the NCCN council, the Nigerian private sector, international development bodies and consulting firms. The people selected to serve on the Working Groups have exhibited cognate expertise and proven opinion leadership relevant to the purview of their designated working group.

The purpose of the Working Groups is to develop recommendations and facilitate the implementation of necessary changes that contribute to Nigeria’s competitiveness agenda and improve performance in global rankings. Improvements on global indices, such as the Doing Business Report, Global Competitiveness Index, and the Social Progress Initiative, are likely to translate into long term economic and social development.

An additional goal is to resolve top challenges faced by businesses operating in Nigeria.

 

Tax, Trade and Business Enablement Working Group

The Tax, Trade and Business Enablement Working Group was established to address issues examined in the Investment Climate Assessment survey – Electricity, Access to finance, Cost of finance, Tax rates, Tax administration, and Transportation; the Doing Business report – Getting Electricity, Getting Credit, Paying Taxes and Trading across Borders; and the Global Competitiveness report – Infrastructure (Quality of overall infrastructure, Quality of air transport infrastructure and Quality of electricity supply), Goods market efficiency (Intensity of local competition, Prevalence of trade barriers, Effect of taxation on incentive to invest), Labour market efficiency (Effect of taxation on incentive to work) and Financial Market efficiency (Availability of financial services, Ease of access to loans).

These factors contribute to the competitiveness of Nigeria in areas related to tax, trade and doing business in Nigeria.

 

Who we are.

The Tax, Trade and Business Enablement Working Group consists of members from the public and private sector. The membership of the group is as follows:

ROLE PERSON ORGANIZATION
Chairperson Alhaji Aliko Dangote Dangote Group, President
Vice Chair Dr Isaac Okemini AMC Consulting, Managing Director
Member Ahmed Mansur Dangote Group, Director
Member Prof. Obadiah Mailafia African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States, Chef De Cabinet
Member Lekan Asuni GSK Pharmaceuticals – Nigeria, Managing Director – Pharmaceutical, Anglophone West Africa
Member Wale Tinubu Oando Plc, Group CEO
Member David Ofosu-Dorte AB & David Law, Executive Chairman
Member Alhaji Ahmad Rabi’u Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce,Industry,Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), National Vice President
Member Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli Sahel Capital Partners & Advisory Ltd., Director
Member Bisi Adeyemi DCSL Corporate Services Limited, Managing Director
Member Benjamin Blay Awuah Cotecna, Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Member Ifueko Omoigui Okauru FIRS, Former Chairman
Member Kunle Elebute KPMG, Partner

 

Our purpose.

The goals of the Tax, Trade and Business Enablement Working Group are:

  • To develop recommendations that improve rankings of Nigeria in issues related to tax, trade and business enablement in Doing Business and Global Competitiveness Indices
  • To develop a strategic road map
  • To facilitate the implementation of necessary changes in these areas

 

Focus areas.

Tax, Trade and Business Enablement Working Group will cover the areas below:

  • Improving the ease of paying taxes in terms of number of taxes and time spent to comply with them
  • Improving access to finance for businesses, ensuring efficient allocation of capital and developing support mechanisms to enable SMEs to comply with credit requirements
  • Reducing informal businesses
  • Improving the dissemination of information that is beneficial for the businesses in their overall life cycles
  • Improving the infrastructure for a better business environment
  • Developing the supply chains and clusters that will increase the sophistication of businesses and give them access to all resources and production capabilities they need
  • Facilitating foreign trade activities particularly in the ECOWAS and Sub Saharan Africa region

 

 

Bureaucracy, Titling and Registration Working Group

The Bureaucracy, Titling and Registration Working Group was established to address issues examined in the Investment Climate Assessment survey – Access to land; the Doing Business report – Starting a business, Registering property and Enforcing contracts; and the Global Competitiveness report – Infrastructure (Property rights, Intellectual Property Protection and Strength of investor protection)

These factors contribute to the competitiveness of Nigeria in areas related to bureaucracy, red tape and registration.

 

Who we are.

Bureaucracy, Titling and Registration Working Group consists of members from public and private sector. The membership of the group is as follows:

ROLE PERSON ORGANIZATION
Chairperson Chief Kola Jamodu Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, President
Vice Chairperson Oba Nsugbe Pump Court Chambers, Partner
Member Alhaji Abdulsamad Isyiaku Rabiu BUA Group, Chairman
Member Dr Saad Usman
Member Funke Adekoya* Legal Committee at National Council on Privatization, Member
Member Prof. Olu Ajakaye Nigerian Economic Society, President
Member Prof. Nwanze Okidegbe Chief Economic Adviser, Chief Economic Adviser
Member Tope Shonubi Sahara Energy Group, CEO
Member Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Ex-President
Member Cyril Odu African Capital Alliance, Consultant
Member Oscar Onyema Nigeria Stock Exchange, CEO
Member Gbenga Oyebode Aluko & Obeyode, CEO
Member Sola Falola Caverton Helicopters, Group General Manager
Member Alhaji Bashir Borodo MAN, Former President

* On a temporary leave of absence from the Council

 

Our purpose.

The goals of the Bureaucracy, Titling and Registration Working Group are:

  • To develop recommendations that improve rankings of Nigeria in issues related to red-tape and bureaucracy in Doing Business and Global Competitiveness Indices
  • To develop a strategic road map
  • To facilitate the implementation of necessary changes in these areas

 

Focus areas.

Bureaucracy, Titling and Registration Working Group will cover the areas below:

  • Increasing the quality, transparency and efficiency of institutions that are crucial to facilitate the operations of businesses
  • Reducing red tape and barriers in property registration, construction and other permits, business formalities and contract enforcements
  • Developing suggestions for improving the processes of judicial systems in business settlement

 

Security, Corruption and Country Image Working Group

The Security, Corruption and Country Image Working Group was established to address issues examined in the Investment Climate Assessment survey – Corruption and Crime; the Doing Business report – Protecting Investors; and the Global Competitiveness report – Institutions (Public trust in politicians, Irregular payments and bribes, Wastefulness of government spending, Business cost of Terrorism and Reliability of police services) and Financial Market efficiency (Soundness of banks and Regulation of securities exchanges).

These factors contribute to the competitiveness of Nigeria in areas related to corruption, bribery, security and country image.

 

Who we are.

Security, Corruption and Country Image Working Group consists of members from public and private sector. The membership of the group is as follows:

ROLE PERSON ORGANIZATION
Chairperson Frank Nweke NESG, Director General
Vice Chair Frank Aigbogun Business Day, Publisher and CEO
Member Prof. Augustine Esogbue Georgia Institute of Technology, Prof. Emeretius
Member Kola Karim Shoreline Energy International, CEO
Member Eniola Bello ThisDay Newspapers, CEO
Member Adeboye Shonekan Unic Group, Director
Member Rewane Bismarck Financial Derivatives, CEO
Member Dr. Olisa Agbakoba Olisa Agbakoba & Associates Law Firm, Senior Partner
Member Suzanne Iroche FinBank PLC, CEO
Member Yvonne Ike Renaissance Capital, CEO

 

Our purpose.

The goals of the Security, Corruption and Country Image Working Group are:

  • To develop recommendations that improve the rankings of Nigeria in issues related to security, corruption and country image, in the Doing Business and Global Competitiveness indices
  • To develop a strategic road map
  • To facilitate implementation of necessary changes in these areas

 

Focus areas.

  • Developing track and response mechanisms for the important topics related to Nigeria’s overall country image and competitiveness issues
  • Developing an agenda for rebranding Nigeria
  • Developing a roadmap to reduce the criminality and corruption
  • Developing a strategy to increase awareness about the improvements in competitiveness both for internal and external stakeholders
  • Protecting investors to increase their confidence in Nigeria
  • Reviewing existing anti-corruption initiatives and working with key stakeholders to develop a coordinated agenda for transparency, assurance and prosecution

 

Human Capital, Innovation and Capacity Building Working Group

The Human Capital, Innovation and Capacity Building Working Group was established to address issues examined in the Investment Climate Assessment survey – Labour productivity and Inadequately skilled labour; and the Global Competitiveness report – Primary Education (Quality of primary education, and primary education enrollment), Higher education and training (Quality of the educational system, Internet access in schools and Extent of staff training) Labour market efficiency (Hiring and firing practices, Country capacity to retain talent and Capacity to attract talent) and R&D Innovation (Quality of scientific research institutions, Company spending on R&D and University-Industry collaboration in R&D).

These factors contribute to the competitiveness of Nigeria in areas related to education, health, labor market, innovation and capacity building.

 

Who we are.

Human Capital, Innovation and Capacity Building Working Group consists of members from public and private sector. The membership of the group is as follows:

ROLE PERSON ORGANIZATION
Chairperson Honourable Minister Omobola Johnson Ministry of Communication Technology, Minister
Vice Chair Mr. Austin Okere Computer Warehouse Group, CEO
Member Paul Onwuanibe Landmark Offices, CEO
Member Femi Oyetunji Continental-Reinsurance Plc, CEO
Member Jite Okoloko Notore Chemicals, Group CEO
Member Eke Eke Schlumberger, Group Managing Director
Member Reinaldo Fiorini McKinsey, Country Manager
Member Uche Orji 1 Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, Managing Director/CEO
Member Bola Adesola Standard Chartered Bank, CEO
Member Kennedy Uzoka United Bank for Africa Plc, Deputy Managing Director
Member Abigail Simon Hart Bricon Global Consult Ltd., Managing Partner

 

Our purpose

The goals of the Human Capital, Innovation and Capacity Building Working Group are:

  • To develop recommendations that improve rankings of Nigeria in issues related to human capital and innovation in the Doing Business and Global Competitiveness Indices
  • To develop a strategic road map
  • To facilitate the implementation of necessary changes in these areas

 

Focus areas.

  • Developing a strategy to attract and retain talent
  • Improving the quality and accessibility of higher education
  • Developing a semi-skilled labor force through vocational training
  • Developing recommendations to create a more efficient labor market which would be beneficial both for the workforce and the business environment
  • Nutrition and basic medical care
  • Improving health and primary education