The new Managing Director of the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, has stated that NEPZA provided the country with sufficient escape routes for economic recovery Post COVID-19 as he urged staff to improve on their work ethics to optimise NEPZA’s contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth.
Adesugba, in a statement by the Head, Corporate Communications, NEPZA, Mr. Martins Odeh, said that the authority’s success or failure would be measured by its actions or in-actions in this crucial period of the economic downturn caused by the prevailing pandemic.
He appealed to the management staff of the organisation to see his appointment as a blessing to the sector, adding that the workforce must work as a team and one family to achieve any meaningful results.
“I have years of experience working with government establishments. My exposure to agencies like Customs, Nigeria Export Promotion Council, Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission, National Association of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, and as a legal practitioner has indeed made me an industry player. “I shall be bringing my experience to bear so that we can support the government to improve on its revenue derivative, especially in the non-oil sector. “I am prepared to run an open process where the contribution of all shall be measured, tested, and applied for the overall good of the Authority,’’ Adesugba said.
He also advised the management to ensure strict compliance with the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) cautionary instruction to avoid the spread of COVID-19 among the workforce, adding that the pandemic was wreaking havoc on the human population.
Mr. Bitrus Dawuk, the immediate past Acting Managing-Director, said the management staff and the workforce would cooperate with the new managing director to take NEPZA to the zenith.
Dawuk who is the director of finance of the agency expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to serve, adding that he would take steps to galvanize support for the MD to lessen his workload.