Centenary city, others are active free zones, NEPZA clarifies

The Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority has clarified that the Centenary Economic City Free Zone, Tomaro Free Zone and Abuja Technology Village Free Zones are active free zones.

The clarification was necessary due to reports that the aforementioned free zones had been inactive.

The NEPZA Head of Corporate Communications, Simon Imobo-Tswam, stated on Thursday that the report was not a true representation of what the acting Managing Director, TerhembaNongo, said during his Half-Year Media Interaction on September 11, 2019 at NEPZA Headquarters in Abuja.

According to him, NEPZA refuted the news and categorically stated that the Centenary Economic Free Trade Zone, Tomaro Free Zone and Abuja technology Village Free Zone are not inactive Free Zones, and cannot, therefore, be listed among the inactive free zones in the country.

“The MD spoke about the Authority’s plans for inactive zones. A journalist wanted to know the status of the Centenary Economic City and the MD said although the zone had issues prior to 2015, since the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari, the matters have all been resolved, and developments are on-going at the zone, with more and more investors coming.

“It is because the zone is now very active that the Authority’s in-house news magazine, the Industrialisation Digest, proudly featured it on the cover of its 10th edition in December 2018,” he explained.

He urged the general public and the zones’ stakeholders to ignore any report to that effect.

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