“I am truly pleased with this visit to the Snake Island Integrated Free Zone (SIIFZ) facility. It was a very robust and sincere engagement which I am very grateful. I am looking forward to working with the management for better understanding, service delivery in a collaboration to advance the operations of free zones nationwide,” he said.
The NEPZA team comprising other senior officials were received by Chairman of SIMCO Free Zone Company, Al Haji Abdulahi Yusufu, alongside other top executives of SIMCO Free Zone Company, the management firm of SIIFZ.
SIMCO management used the occasion to congratulate NEPZA’s new leadership and noted that Snake Island Integrated Free Zone has consistently cooperated and complied with directives and policies set by the authority regulating free zones in Nigeria. After a tour of the facility, a brief presentation was made to the NEPZA team in a bid to familiarise the newly appointed Managing Director with SIIFZ and its operations.
According to Abdulahi, SIIFZ has 21 registered Free Zone Enterprises currently operating within the zone. These enterprises encompass a wide range of activities including full EPCIC contract delivery, manufacturing, corporate services, warehousing and logistics base services, pollution management and recycling, aviation services, Heliport (including passenger terminals), engineering/design services, construction, fabrication, banking, ship maintenance & repairs along with an array of maritime support services. These enterprises operating in SIIFZ represent highly competent leaders of their industry with technically advanced capabilities who have brought and will continue to bring significant added value to SIIFZ and the Nigerian Economy.
SIMCO Free Zone Company urged NEPZA to make efforts towards addressing the general concerns of free zone stakeholders and take an active leadership role in all matters that concern free zones operations in Nigeria.
The SIIFZ is situated at Tin Can Island Port, Apapa and has immediate access to the open sea. It was established in January 2005 when Presidential Approval was given on January 28th, 2005 for a Free Trade.
Culled from Tribune online