The Acting Chairman Senate Committee on Industry, Trade and Investment, Senator Francis Fadahunsi has assured the Nigerian Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA) of support on establishment of more free trade zones in the country, Nation reports.

Fadahunsi spoke during a visit by his team to the NEPZA Managing Director (MD) AdesojiAdesugba in Abuja, assuring that the committee will support such initiative as long as it will provide opportunities for youths to be gainfully employed.

Adesoji Adesugba, Managing Director, NEPZA

He explained that the National Assembly is ready to back NEPZA as such development will help in taming the high crime rate in the country.

The committee chairman added that as soon as NEPZA starts these good foundations, others will follow as he charges the MD to synergies with other agencies to achieve this great task. NEPZA he said is one of the pillars of the country.

Speaking the NEPZA MD said the role of the Senate in helping NEPZA reach its mandate is very critical, pointing that National Assembly and the agency will be working closely to ensure NEPZA meets its target in the nations  industrialization.

He said: “We are all part of the downturn in the global economy and that also which is affecting Nigeria, we are looking in-house at the possibilities of NEPZA being a catalyst to propel the economy from where it is now.

“The negative impact of the prevailing hash economic outlook brought by the Covid-19 pandemic could be quickly ameliorated using the strategy of free zone.”

The managing director explained that: “in this respect, we have looked at what is on ground especially the Special Economic Zones that the government had created and we intend to give it life for full operations to commence in those locations as this a sure way to create the much needed employment and to spark genuine industrialisation.”

The Acting Committee Chairman said, the committee is ready to work with the executive arm and by extension the Authority to ensure whatever laws NASS will amend to assist the agency will bring innovation that will make them do things differently.

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