The Ogun-Guangdong Free Zone (FTZ) has generated more than $300 million in foreign direct investment (FDI) and a total of 6,000 direct and indirect jobs over the past 15 years.
The Ogun-Guangdong Free Trade Zone Board of Directors recently made the revelation during the official presentation of the new helmsman.
The Ogun-Guangdong Free Trade Zone (FTZ) is the result of a trade partnership between China’s Guangdong Province and Ogun State in southwestern Nigeria.
According to the free zone board, it has boosted the economy of the state and Nigeria over the past 15 years with over $300 million in foreign investment in the industrial zone and created more than 6 000 direct and indirect jobs from the local environment.
The new FTZ Board Chair, Hadjia (Dr.) Hafsat Oduwole Tafawa Balewa assured that her tenure will enhance the gains the facility has so far achieved for stakeholders through formulation and the implementation of a quality policy.
Dr. Hafsat Tafawa-Balewa, who was a member when Gboyega Nosiru Isiaka was Chairman of the Free Trade Zone Board, said the partnership between China and Ogun State, Nigeria will boost socio-economic development and growth of the host community and the state. .
She gave the assurance in the company’s conference room while speaking on the theme “Sustainability, Stability and Prosperity” of the free zone in the Igbesa region of the local government area of Ado- Odo/Ota of Ogun State.
She promised to involve more women in its functioning, saying that women are vital for the development of society and key economic sectors, while expressing the will of the FTZ to work in harmony with the leaders of the community of ‘Igbesa in carrying out its intended corporate social responsibility.
“I’m going to make sure we do a lot with the women. So far so good, nothing like this is on the ground, but taking over as the new president is one of the projects I will be embarking on. That’s why I’m going to take women with me.
“Once you take care of building women, it’s like building a nation. This is one of the first projects I’m going to embark on; it drives women,” she said.