By Franca Ochigbo, Abuja
The Affiliation of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCN), Nigerian Export Processing Zone Authority (NEPZA) chapter Chairman, Yakubu Isa Samari, has rejected plans by the Minister of Trade, Commerce and Funding Adeniyi Adebayo, to switch NEPZA’s obligation to Ogun Free Commerce Zone (OGZA) .
Samari mentioned this might not be completed as a result of OGZA is a Public- Non-public Partnership (PPP) and never government-owned. He added that the union was conscious of the Technical Working Committee arrange to make sure the method was carried out, the explanation for his or her grievance.
The Chairman who reacted to an announcement despatched out by the workplace of the Managing Director NEPZA, Adesoji Adesugba on agitation by workers to undermine NEPZA’s standing mentioned, the union has written a petition copying the Presidency, the Nationwide Meeting on plans by the Adebayo to offer energy to OGZA, which shouldn’t be completed, if the federal government doesn’t do something this matter can have very unfavourable impact on the welfare of NEPZA employees.
“This similar factor occurred through the former Minister of Trade, Commerce and Funding, Okechukwu Enalema earlier than it was stopped and now the current Minister need to come and switch energy with out contemplating the welfare of workers.
Adesugba is calming down mounting agitations of NEPZA workforce over alleged surreptitious try to undermine the authorized standing of the Authority by a report of the Technical Working Committee constituted by the Ministry of Trade Commerce and Funding.
The end result of the committee’s alleged investigation was titled: “ Draft Report Efficiency Analysis of Free Commerce Zone (FTZ) Licensees’’.
Adesugba in an announcement signed by Head, Company Communications, NEPZA Martins Odeh said that it is very important realise that NEPZA is a creation of Act 63 of 1992 of the Nationwide Meeting’’.
In accordance with him, the reformation of NEPZA is unquestionably not inside the competence of NEPZA’s administration, whereas explaining that the Authority was conscious that there had been discussions on the transforming of presidency companies for effectivity from the time of Steve Oransaye’s Panel suggestions. These discussions so far as we’re conscious are nonetheless ongoing and no selections have been made nor the enabling legal guidelines to results such modifications enacted’’, he mentioned.
The MD added that, with respect to the mentioned report of the committee from the Ministry of Trade, Commerce and Funding, such report has not been formally communicated to NEPZA and on the proper second, the place of NEPZA will probably be conveyed by its board to the suitable authorities.
The NEPZA’s CEO, nevertheless, urged the employees and the native department of the labour union, Affiliation of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), to train restraints in order to not ship the improper indicators to each operators of zones and enterprises working within the zones.