Lagos — The Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority, NEPZA, Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, has called for seamless commencement of operations in the Enugu Industrial Park Free Trade Zone without further delay.
Adesugba made the remark in a tribute to Dr. Chris Okereke, Managing Director, Lion Business Park Free Zone Management Company, promoter of the zone, who passed on March 2, 2021.
The NEPZA boss said late Okereke was in the forefront of ensuring the establishment of the zone, adding that he (Okereke) had used the Business Park Free Zone Management Company to promote and nurture the zone vigorously.
Adesugba said the news of Okereke’s demise came to him and management of the Authority as a rude shock, explaining that the country, free trade zone family and the investment community had lost a business prodigy.
The NEPZA boss, therefore, appealed to all interest groups in the zone to ensure seamless commencement of full operations in the zone, adding that they should see Okereke’s death as a sacrifice to ease off all disputes that had subdued the zone from reaching its potentials.
“This is a zone that should boost the country’s power generation, energy conversion, technologies and manufacturing among others. The Authority is concern over its present state. We must make it work.
“The Honourable Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otumba Adeniyi Adebayo is equally concerned and would want an expeditious settlement of all the differences in order to free up the zone to begin to contribute its quota to the National Gross Product without further delay”, Adesugba said.