By Richard Ndoma, Calabar
All is now set by management of the Nigeria Export Processing Zone NEPZA, to set up a department that will focus on how to solve investors’ problems operating in the free trade Zones.
Managing Director /MD, Nigeria Export Processing Zone NEPZA, Prof. Adesoji Adesugba stated this in an interactive session with investors during a meeting which took place at the Conference Hall of the Calabar Free Trade Zone CFTZ
Adesugba stressed that the department in question, when it becomes fully operational shall focus its attention on critical areas that will add value in either away or the other for promotion of their business to solve easily without having to run helter skelter seeking for solution to solve their problems stressing that with the department, businesses will thrived easily in the free trade zone.
The NEPZA MD assured the investors of President Mohammadu Buhari’s willingness/ determination to ensure that everyone doing business at the free trade zone succeeds in his or her enterprise so as to contribute their quota to the economic development of the nation.
“I will be setting up an investment promotion department to which shall encourage investment.
“We must make our companies competitive so that the companies can produce goods that can be consumed by our people.
“Our companies have to be competitive so that they don’t produced outside and send to us. We must get our children employed as long as companies are competitive.
On the issue of fixing bad roads particularly the Calabar Itu road which investors in the economic zone complained to the NEPZA’s MD of being responsible for the dwindling fortunes,observed in their businesses, the NEPZA MD assured the investors of his readiness to engage relevant agency of the federal government to ensure that the complaints is addressed.
Other areas promised by the MD of looking into in order to promote investment at the economic zone, was the setting up of a special Association at the zone to foster peace, for facilitation of business growth.
He decried that Nigeria trade growth stood at 2.6% annually, a figure he said was not encouraging and called on all hands to be on deck for promotion of investment.
” If we don’t created value, if we don’t create factories,, we are going to be in trouble .
“We called on all agencies working for Mr. President to work towards the survival if the country.