27 March 2021 by MATHEW AYOOLA
The Managing Director of the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority, NEPZA, Prof. Adesoji Adesugba has advised management team of the Authority to build sustainable mentorship program for all cadre of staff for team work and professionalism.
Prof. Adesugba who is also the Chief Executive Officer of NEPZA gave the advice during the Management Retreat of the Agency in Zuma Rock Resort, Zuba Abuja.
The NEPZA Boss explained that the obvious gaps in service delivery in most establishments in the country largely hinged on the inability of the top management to build virile succession plans.
According to him, the only antidote to forestall external sourcing for the directorate cadre is by deliberately engaging on transfer of requisite knowledge to younger ones.
I am a team player and I also enjoy impacting on my staff. This is the right attitude of professionalism that can help sustain the gains we are making. We must henceforth open up more to those working under us with the view to transferring knowledge of the free trade zone operations at that rung of the ladder. Let us endeavour to build succession plans for the Authority’’, He stated
Prof. Adesugba advised the participants to take advantage of the retreat to build on their productivity and how to further contribute to the growth of NEPZA.
The retreat with the theme: “Ideas of Change Executive Retreat 2021’’ featured paper presentations.
In another development, the Authority has won the Award of Industrial Development Excellence from the Organised Private Sector represented by the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)
The award conferred at the inauguration of the new ACCI President in Abuja was to recognise the tremendous contributions of NEPZA to industrial and economic development.
These feats, ACCI noted, manifested in the growing contributions of the Authority to tax revenues, the widening of national industrial base, the increasing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the free zones, and the development of new free zones on medical, agriculture and cotton among others.
The ACCI also observed with deep interest the systematic reforms of the free zone sector which were reflected in the ongoing huge investment the Federal Government was making in the Kano and Calabar free zones.
The ACCI management led by Dr Al-Mujtaba Abubakar stated that within the context of AfCFTA, NEPZA should be further supported in its vision to expand the country’s industrial production capacity to effectively compete on the continent.
In his part, the MD)CEO of NEPZA, Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, said the award was for President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Trade and Investment, Otumba Adeniyi Adebayo, who provided leadership and direction for whatever accomplishments NEPZA had recorded thus far