The Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA) has reiterated its commitment to provide wider business corridor for prospective women investors to access the country’s Free Trade Zones.
A statement issued on Tuesday by Martins Odeh, Head, Corporate Communications, NEPZA, quoted Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, Managing Director of the authority as saying this to celebrate the 2022 International Women’s Day.
Adesugba explained that NEPZA’s investment drive to fast track Nigeria’s industrialisation could be achieved faster when huge clusters of women investors were encouraged to leverage on incentives at special business enclaves.
He explained that the Authority was mulling the expansion of the corridor to attract women to leverage on variety of value chains in agro-allied, health, hospitality, estate and gemstones, amongst others.
“We are committed to assisting Nigerian women and others from across the world who have the requisite financial capacity to explore the zones for businesses.
“Only recently, we met with the women business group from the National Association of Chambers of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) to discuss business and collaboration possibilities.
“They have outlined their areas of interest and we are assiduously working on them.
“Approval for the establishment of Amazon Special Economic Zones is also being contemplated. The zone, when created will serve as hub for all women related businesses,’’ Adesugba said.
The NEPZA boss further said that the resilience nature of women coupled with their prudent management of resources set them apart as a huge human resource block that must be unleashed to speed up Nigeria’s growth.
Adesugba expressed satisfaction with the manner women positioned themselves to leverage on all-compassing opportunities.
He explained that Women’s International Day had always been an additional impetus to drum support for equal treatment of the gender. nan.