Olumide Akpata, Senior Partner at Templars Law Firm and immediate past President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has been honoured with an award of recognition for Legislative Reform Support by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC).
Akpata received the award on Wednesday, 26 April 2023, at the 2023 PEBEC Awards Ceremony held at the Old Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja.
The PEBEC Awards were created to recognise and honour Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs), state governments, as well as private-sector stakeholders who have made significant contributions to the ease of doing business interventions in Nigeria.
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Akpata and the Nigerian Bar Association’s Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL) were honoured for their landmark interventions in collaborating with the PEBEC secretariat to work on signature pieces of legislation, including the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), 2020, the Business Facilitation Act, and a host of other landmark legislations and initiatives that have contributed to the ease of doing business in Nigeria and Nigeria’s rise in the now rested World Bank Ease of Doing Business Rankings.
Akpata, prior to his emergence as NBA president in 2020, had previously served a single two-year tenure as chairman of the NBA-SBL, a special arm of the NBA which engenders the development of commercial law and specialised commercial law practice in Nigeria. His administration witnessed several highlights, including the establishment of a partnership between NBA-SBL and PEBEC on the ease of doing business in Nigeria. The partnership involved the review of extant laws and regulations and the monitoring of the productivity and response time of MDAs, including the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), etc.
Other dignitaries honoured at the event include past SBL chairmen, Seni Adio (SAN) and Ayuli Jemide, while Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was presented with the Pioneer Catalyst Award for ease of doing business in Nigeria.
The 2023 Awards Ceremony, the 5th in the series, was attended by Vice President Osinbajo and other top functionaries of government both at national and sub-national levels.