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Declare State Of Emergency In Security Sector, PENGASSAN Tells FG

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The Petroleum and Natural Gas Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has called on federal government to declare state of emergency in the nation’s security sector.

President of the association, Comrade Ndukaku Ohaeri, also called on the federal government to create enabling environment for local and international investments to thrive.

Ohaeri, who made the call at the weekend, expressed worry over the state of insecurity, citing kidnapping cases across the country.

According to him, “PENGASSAN is using this event to commend President Muhammadu Buhari over his efforts that have reduced Boko Haram and its activities. But the President must focus more attention on tackling internal insecurity across the country because many people are facing danger and travelling by roads is now a nightmare.”

He also urged the president to create conducive business atmosphere, if truly he wants both local and international investors to invest in the economy.

According to him, “Creating enabling environment for business to thrive will lead to creation of more jobs for Nigerians.  Mostly, in aviation industry cost of doing business is chasing away investors. Few days ago I spoke with one foreign pilot on why they are not having strong business base in Nigeria. He told me that multiple taxation is one of the main reasons.

“As government embarks on major finance reforms, it is high time government addressed the issue of multiple taxation which has become a threat to the growth of business enterprises across the country.”

“Government should not be more interested in collecting taxes than creating enabling environment for business to thrive. Nigeria currently ranking as 131st from 146th in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index remains concern.”

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