The Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority, NEPZA, is to render technical assistance to NACCIMA Business Women Group towards realizing its mandate of establishing Economic Free Zone in the country.
The Managing Director of NEPZA, Professor Adesoji Adesugba stated this when NACCIMA Business Women Group led by the National Chairperson, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar visited him in Abuja.
According to Professor Adesoji, the move became necessary to further enhance national economic development.
He said the establishment of the Zone would also enable women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses towards self empowerment and enhance trade and Investment in the country
Professor Adesugba explained that the Agency would continue to support any group, individual and organization working towards promoting Economic Free Zones towards achieving the mandate of NEPZA in the area of job creation, poverty reduction and economic development in line with the agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration.
According to him, NEPZA will continue to promote Nigeria in the preferred Investment destination in Africa, provide fiscal incentive, provide enabling environment for industrial development, promoting one-stop business transaction for investors among others.
He therefore solicited the support of all stakeholders in promoting the establishment of Economic Free Zones across the country to fasten growth of the country.
Earlier, the National Chairperson of NACCIMA Business Women Group, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar who said the delegation was in NEPZA to seek assistance on the establishment of Economic Free Zones commended the efforts of Professor Adesoji Adesugba towards repositioning the sector
“The aim of our visit is to discuss this idea and also explore strategic options to strengthen the collaboration on the viability of such women’s export processing zones to cater for women owned business” She stated.
Hajiya Aisha explained that the recent dispute resolution provided by NEPZA to end the rift between the Lagos Deep Sea Offshore Logistics and Samsung would attract billions of dollars Foreign Direct Investment; FDI, as well as provide over three thousand jobs for the youths.
She added that the Group would continue to collaborate with NEPZA in its efforts at repositioning the nation’s Special Economic Free Zones sector
By Matthew Ayoola