The Olokola Free Trade Zone (FTZ) has turned out to be the main focus of the 2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF).
National President of NAGAFF, Chief Eugene Nweke, during his speech at the Pre-AGM press conference held yesterday at NAGAFF Headquarters, Apapa said that the theme of the meeting “Free Trade Zone as a Catalyst for International Trade Distribution and Networking” was designed to focus the world’s attention on the Olokola Free Trade Zone which he described as a goldmine.
This, he said, is in line with the association’s public policy advocacy campaign of harnessing the potentials of the maritime industry.
He said: “Our choice of this theme is borne out of our experience as major stakeholders in the supply chain sector and the attendant problems from the congestion at Lagos ports, hence the need to encourage an overflow of imports to neighboring ports using the available gift of nature like waterways which locations like Olokola offers us as a nation.
“We are so passionate about this Olokola FTZ because we are convinced that if properly harnessed, it can help the state to solve a lot of problems confronting it in the area of revenue generation, employment, technological transfer, social amenities, infrastructural development among others.”
Nweke said that NAGAFF is willing to put in its expertise as a professional freight forwarding body at the disposal of the Ogun State Government to “actualize the dreams of the Olokola FTZ” by sensitizing the government and private investors to the relevance of the zone using the platform of its 2013 Annual General Meeting.
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