Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday chaired the Presidential Enabling Business Council meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The closed- door meeting was attended by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.
Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Osinbajo said: “This is an expanded meeting of presidential enabling business environment council and we have had the pleasure and privilege of having the Senate president and the Speaker. The whole idea is to work together in trying to improve business environment in Nigeria.
“We have looked at three broad areas – entry and exit of goods, entry and exit of persons into Nigeria and the whole idea of transparency and efficiency in government agencies and parastatals.
“Of course the whole idea is to provide an environment for those who want to do business (both local and foreign) in Nigeria.
“A lot of work has already been done, there are pieces of legislation that we are also looking forward to seeing and we have been working with the National Assembly to ensure that these pieces of legislation are passed.
“Of course there are some improvements which we expect to see at our ports, airports, seaports, Immigrations, granting of visas and those kinds of things.”
He said the Council has set timelines to ensure that things go on smoothly.
“We are not just speaking about these things without necessarily tying ourselves down to specific timelines. So we are looking forward to an improved business environment in the shortest possible time,” the acting President said.
Saraki said the presence of National Assembly members at the meeting was to emphasize the importance of the meeting.
“It is a very good initiative. Some of the issues about addressing business environment are addressed to policies but there are some that need legislation and we have been talking about what is our own responsibility there,” he stated.