The Federal Government has been commended for the decision to establish a Free Trade Zone in Funtua Local Government Area of Katsina State.
Alhaji Usman Bello, the Kanwan Katsina, and Head of Ketare District gave the commendation when he hosted the Managing Director of Nigeria Export Processing Zone Agency (NEPZA), Professor Adesoji Adesogba and his entourage to a dinner in his residence in Katsina.
The MD NEPZA who was on an official visit to Katsina to interact with the state government on arrangement for the take-off of the Funtua free trade zone was a nineteen eighty-two coursemate of Kanwan Katsina in the Nigeria Customs Service.
The Traditional Ruler said establishing the free trade zone will boost the socio-economic activities of people and provide job opportunities to the teeming youths of the state.
He used the occasion to advise the MD to strengthen the legal framework both at the state and Federal Government level to ensure continuity and sustainability of the project.
Responding, NEPZA Managing Director, Professor Adesogba expressed delight for the warm reception accorded to him and his entourage by his former colleague in the Nigeria customs service.
He said there are two projects slated for Katsina state which include the Funtua free trade zone and the Katsina medical tourism park.
The Managing Director said the NEPZA team has interacted with the Katsina state government team on the take-off of the Funtua free trade zone and land has already been provided for the project.
Professor Adesogba who was happy to be in Katsina for the second time said he had served as the officer-in-charge of the Federal Operation Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service during his career with the customs.