The Managing Director of Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), Hon. Emmanuel Jime, has assured staff of the Authority of a new welfare package, saying only a well-motivated staff can power NEPZA’s mandate of spearheading Nigeria’s industrialisation process.
JIme, who noted that “only a well-motivated staff can key into the noble agenda” of marketing the Authority, “There is a new welfare package coming, I want to assure you. And it is not too long from now. One of the first things I did upon assumption of office was to set up a high-powered, management panel to look at the issue of welfare, salaries, promotions as well as contract staff, and advise me accordingly.”
Addressing staff in Calabar, Cross River State at the weekend, the NEPZA boss stated that the duty of marketing the Authority to the Nigeria and the international community was incumbent upon all staff, adding, “So, I am committed to staff welfare. From my experience in public life, it is my understanding that only a well-motivated staff can enable NEPZA to achieve its mandate, and, hence, drive Nigeria’s twin-agenda of economic diversification and industrial growth.”
The Managing Director, while suing for the cooperation of all staff, said, “Wherever they may be, we need to be on the same page. I have come into office with a dream, a dream about NEPZA taking Nigeria to the next level, and I urge you to identify with the new vision. And since history belongs to dreamers, join me – let us dream together for our country.”
On the Calabar visit, he described it as part of his fact-finding and familiarization trips to Free Trade Zones nationwide to see appreciate the state of affairs and work towards formulating policies based on first-hand information gathered.
According to him, “China’s economic magic is anchored around its innovations in the FTZs. And this is why we must market the concept to all industry stakeholders so as to remove all misconceptions, close all gaps and do away with red tape so that our FTZs can attain the roles envisioned for them in the regulatory framework.”
Earlier in their interaction with the Managing Director, the staff pleaded with him to prioritize staff welfare. For them, bringing the welfare package at par with other sister-agencies in the country will boost morale and productivity within the Authority.