The Managing Director of the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), Prof. Adesoji Adesugba has urged the Ebonyi State Government to ensure proactive steps toward the provision of infrastructure for the proposed Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the state.
The state crossed the last hurdle of requirements to operate a zone with the handing over of the Certificate of Occupancy, (C-of-O) by Governor David Umahi to the NEPZA boss in Abakaliki on Monday..
“Infrastructure is key in a free trade zone because such business enclaves would not function optimally without a good road network, steady power, water and such other state-of-the-art facilities that would be needed by enterprises and investors.
“It is with this in mind that I urge the Ebonyi State Government to ensure a seamless provision of both outside and inside infrastructure for the zone,” he said.
He said the agency was working towards developing the other five Special Economic Zones in Benue, Lagos, Gombe, Kwara and Funtua in Katsina State respectively.
The governor represented by his deputy, Dr Kelechi Igwe said the state was committed to the success of the project.
“This Special Economic Zone when operational will stimulate economic activities in the state. It will engender development, creates job opportunities for our teeming youth population and fast track ease of doing business. Ebonyi will play its part to ensure the speedy realisation of the project,” he said.