Enugu Coalition Of Business and Professional Association

Programs & Events

Programs & Events

Democratic Engagements

Since 2010, the Coalition has successfully carried out the following Advocacy Programs aimed at improving the State Business Environment. These include:

  • The Advocacy dialogue on Tax Regime & Administration (2010).
  • Security Summit (2010).
  • Advocacy Campaign carried out to address the issue of the ranking of the 5 South East States as the worst environment in the ease of doing business in Nigeria following the then World Bank Report and BECANS II by the African Institute of Applied Economics now known as African Heritage (2011). The issues or indicators to what informed the ranking was hinged on Multiplicity of Taxes/Levies, Registration of Property, starting a business, construction permit and enforcing contracts.

  • The Public Private Dialogue with members of the Enugu State House of Assembly at Nike Lake Hotel, Enugu led by the then Speaker, Rt. Hon. Eugene Odoh (2012).
  • The Public Private Dialogue with the Ministry of Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority ECTDA under the then leadership of Engr. IK Ugwuegede where the issues of the manner and operation of Traffic Officers in the clamping of vehicle were discussed, recommendations and solutions proffered, the issue of property registration and construction permit were further discussed, and appropriate recommendations made (2013).

  • Dialogue with the management of Board of Internal Revenue on the issue of Multiple Taxation/Levies (2014).

  • Launch/Advocacy Program on the State Business Agenda (SBA). The 8 priority issues that were affecting businesses in Enugu State were dealt with in the SBA and this remains the focal point of the Coalition which were encapsulated in the SBA Policy Brief Document that was first launched and presented to the Public in November, 2016.
  • The launch of/advocacy on the Revised SBA (2020). Coalition after about 4 years reviewed the implementations of the recommendations and the impact of the maiden edition of the SBA and observed with strong convictions that 3 out of the 8 issues had received appreciable levels of improvement. Therefore, further investigation/survey on the other five issues which received none or little improvement, gave birth to the Revised Edition of the State Business Agenda. The Coalition has continued on advocacy visits to relevant Government ministries/agencies to ensure that its goals are achieved.

Pre–Election Engagements

ECOBPA with the support of CIPE in February, 2015 organized a pre-election debate for the 2015 Governorship candidates in the State. Although the candidate of the PDP who finally won the election did not participate in the debate, the Governorship candidates of three other political parties in the state including APC participated. The debate was widely covered by 80% of the media organisations in Enugu State.

Efforts by the Coalition to organize another pre-election debate in 2019 when the last general election was held, proved abortive for reasons beyond the control of the Coalition.

However, the Coalition has it as one of its major mandates to advocate for good governance through a proper democratic process. In this regards, ECOBPA will never be discouraged by any unsuccessful effort but will continue to engage all political office holders from the point of interest for any elective position. The Coalition has therefore started planning for the next pre-election debate come 2023.  

THE ADVOCACY ON SECURITY/SUMMIT

01.

An Advocacy Program on Security was carried out by the Coalition, based on a Position Paper prepared by the Coalition; which identified the issues, analyzed them through a survey and empirical study.

A Security summit held on the 25th and 26th of May 2010. The summit which attracted Stakeholders from States in the South East Zone featured experience sharing, paper presentations from Security experts and effectual interactions. The Local Communicating Committee followed this up with a visit to the then Inspector General of Police Mr. Ogbonnaya Onovo in Abuja where the document containing the policy recommendations of the Coalition was presented. There has been a marked improvement in the security situation of the state as a result.

ENGAGEMENT WITH SOME STAKEHOLDERS ON TAX MATTERS

02.

In order to check the excesses of some government agencies regarding multiple taxation and levies, the Coalition consulted with the Local Government Chairman of Enugu East LGA and the State Board of Internal Revenue, between August and September 2012.

These led to the stoppage of operations of multiple tax collections, in order to fully engage ECOBPA members in constructive dialogue. The resultant dialogue has saved business operators from the highhandedness of the tax consultants of the local government.

VISITATION TO VARIOUS STAKEHOLDERS IN THE YEAR

03.
The Coalition in driving her Advocacy Programme, visited the Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Eugene Odo On Thursday 2nd of May 2013. The Coalition raised the issue of the arbitrary nature of the operations of the Enugu State Waste Management Authority and requested for a review or amendment of the edict/act establishing the agency with a view of aligning its operations and services with international best practices. The Coalition visited the Chairman and Management of the State Board of Internal Revenue precisely on the 6th of May 2013 to deepen the consultation regarding the implementation of the recommendations on Tax Administration after the Business Round Table and Advocacy on Tax Administration and Regime held in 2010. The Chairman of the Board, Mr. Felix Chime assured the Coalition of continuing cooperation and promised to work with the Coalition for the actualization of shared objectives.

THE ADVOCACY PROGRAM ON THE EFFECTS & IMPACT OF CORRUPTION ON BUSINESS

04.

A Business Roundtable on the Effects and Impact of Corruption focusing on two key agencies of Enugu State Government viz. the Ministry of Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority and the State Board of Internal Revenue was held between 27th May 2014, with ECTDA and 28th May 2014, with Board of Internal Revenue.

The policy recommendations of the advocacy program on the issues relating to the two agencies are well documented with monitoring and evaluation ongoing.

There were post event visits to Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria and Nigerian Television Authority on July 22, 2014 led by the Chairman, Dr. Ifeanyi Okoye OFR, mni where the Final Policy Position Paper recommendations were presented to the management of both media houses. Some of the policy recommendations from the Advocacy Programs are being implemented as the Coalition keeps tracking and scanning the business environment.

WORKSHOP ON DEVELOPING A STATE BUSINESS AGENDA

05.
The Workshop on Developing a State Business Agenda was organized by CIPE for members of the Coalition from the 29th of July to 31st of July, 2015. The Workshop was facilitated by CIPE personnel. The Workshop modules covered subjects of Business Agenda Advocacy Framework. The Validation by External Stakeholders took place between the 10th & 12th of May 2016. The Validators made useful contributions and critiqued the draft policy brief and recommendations. The Coalition held a General Meeting on 25th May, 2016 to discuss and critique the Draft Policy Brief as presented by the Consultants after the inclusion of the validators’ input for the production of the Final Draft Policy Brief.
THE ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN ON MULTIPLE TAXATION/LEVIES
06.
The Coalition carried out an extensive Advocacy Campaign on the issue of Multiple Taxation and Levies in April 2010. The Advocacy program on Taxation took the Coalition to various stakeholders particularly concerned government agencies. The visits culminated in a business roundtable on the 29th of April 2010 with the Speaker and members of the Enugu State House of Assembly and some members of the Enugu State Executive Council, particularly relevant Commissioners in attendance; including Chairmen of the municipal L.G.As in Enugu State, Enugu North L.G.A, Enugu South L.G.A, and Enugu East L.G.A., the State Director, Board of Internal Revenue and other members of the business community. Deliberations were held on the Position Paper of the Coalition on Tax Regime/Administration in Enugu State and the need for necessary reforms to correct the defective tax structure and poor administration in the State.

THE ADVOCACY ON SECURITY/SUMMIT

07.

An Advocacy Program on Security was carried out by the Coalition, based on a Position Paper prepared by the Coalition; which identified the issues, analyzed them through a survey and empirical study.

A Security summit held on the 25th and 26th of May 2010. The summit which attracted Stakeholders from States in the South East Zone featured experience sharing, paper presentations from Security experts and effectual interactions. The Local Communicating Committee followed this up with a visit to the then Inspector General of Police Mr. Ogbonnaya Onovo in Abuja where the document containing the policy recommendations of the Coalition was presented. There has been a marked improvement in the security situation of the state as a result.

ENGAGEMENT WITH SOME STAKEHOLDERS ON TAX MATTERS

08.

In order to check the excesses of some government agencies regarding multiple taxation and levies, the Coalition consulted with the Local Government Chairman of Enugu East LGA and the State Board of Internal Revenue, between August and September 2012.

These led to the stoppage of operations of multiple tax collections, in order to fully engage ECOBPA members in constructive dialogue. The resultant dialogue has saved business operators from the highhandedness of the tax consultants of the local government.

VISITATION TO VARIOUS STAKEHOLDERS IN THE YEAR

09.
The Coalition in driving her Advocacy Programme, visited the Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Eugene Odo On Thursday 2nd of May 2013. The Coalition raised the issue of the arbitrary nature of the operations of the Enugu State Waste Management Authority and requested for a review or amendment of the edict/act establishing the agency with a view of aligning its operations and services with international best practices. The Coalition visited the Chairman and Management of the State Board of Internal Revenue precisely on the 6th of May 2013 to deepen the consultation regarding the implementation of the recommendations on Tax Administration after the Business Round Table and Advocacy on Tax Administration and Regime held in 2010. The Chairman of the Board, Mr. Felix Chime assured the Coalition of continuing cooperation and promised to work with the Coalition for the actualization of shared objectives.

THE ADVOCACY PROGRAM ON THE EFFECTS & IMPACT OF CORRUPTION ON BUSINESS

10.

A Business Roundtable on the Effects and Impact of Corruption focusing on two key agencies of Enugu State Government viz. the Ministry of Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority and the State Board of Internal Revenue was held between 27th May 2014, with ECTDA and 28th May 2014, with Board of Internal Revenue.

The policy recommendations of the advocacy program on the issues relating to the two agencies are well documented with monitoring and evaluation ongoing.

There were post event visits to Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria and Nigerian Television Authority on July 22, 2014 led by the Chairman, Dr. Ifeanyi Okoye OFR, mni where the Final Policy Position Paper recommendations were presented to the management of both media houses. Some of the policy recommendations from the Advocacy Programs are being implemented as the Coalition keeps tracking and scanning the business environment.

WORKSHOP ON DEVELOPING A STATE BUSINESS AGENDA

11.
The Workshop on Developing a State Business Agenda was organized by CIPE for members of the Coalition from the 29th of July to 31st of July, 2015. The Workshop was facilitated by CIPE personnel. The Workshop modules covered subjects of Business Agenda Advocacy Framework. The Validation by External Stakeholders took place between the 10th & 12th of May 2016. The Validators made useful contributions and critiqued the draft policy brief and recommendations. The Coalition held a General Meeting on 25th May, 2016 to discuss and critique the Draft Policy Brief as presented by the Consultants after the inclusion of the validators’ input for the production of the Final Draft Policy Brief.