The Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA) has described the appointment of the President of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Chief John Udeagbala to serve as an Ex-Officio member of the Council of the ICC Chambers Federation as the country’s right moment to leverage on global investment opportunities. Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, Managing Director of NEPZA, made the remark in his congratulatory message to Udeagbala on his new appointment on Saturday in Abuja.
Recall that over 100 country members of the International Chambers of Commerce, World Chamber Federation recently voted to elect members into the Council of the ICC-WCF. The body is a global forum connecting global network of chambers and their businesses.
Adesugba, also the Chief Executive Officer of NEPZA, explained that the Udeagbala’s appointment further confirmed his global networks, knowledge and capacity to help the body promote good corporate governance; business funding; Foreign Direct investments; and the growth of chambers across the world.
The NEPZA managing director, himself the 2nd Deputy President of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce (ACCI), said that Udeagbala could provide the country with the opportunity to become a major player in the movement of global investments.
It is our hope that the Federal Government and its sub-nationals will leverage on this great opportunity to ensure the migration of world-class-industries into the country. Already, NEPZA is beginning to explore this opportunity on behalf of the federal government by using the Free Trade Zone Scheme to attract the right investments into the zones. We, therefore, urge the State Governments to also view this sector as a major development life-line.
“Let me, therefore, on behalf of the management and staff of NEPZA congratulate Chief Ide John Udeagbala, our amiable NACCIMA President, on his new appointment. We believe this shall spike the needed backward linkages that should fast track the country’s industrialisation process” he said.