Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) Free Zone in Lagos, Nigeria, the Nigeria Export
Processing Zone Authority (NEPZA) the government agency responsible for regulating
free zones, affirmed the facility’s quality and standards of operation.
Managing Director of NEPZA,
Mr Gbenga Kuye, who was touring the
facility for a third time, described LADOL as ‘one of the top free zones’ and that its
operations had earned it the status of an industrial park.
facility, Kuye said his experience of what he saw superseded his expectation
based on his last visit to the site, while he expressed particular satisfaction
with the level of safety measures in place.
months ago, I was not expecting this level of activity, but I believed in the
dream and have given all the support.
has been achieved, but in terms of world-class standards of doing things makes
me proud of you.
chemical engineer, I know when somebody is telling stories, especially when it comes
to coating, painting and fabrication.
Singapore or Poland? It is not this big,
but the kind of safety measure that I see here is actually second to none,”
agency had grown bigger and so, was in a legislative process of changing its name
from NEPZA to NIDZA, that is, Nigeria Industrial Development Zones Authority, an
agency to be solely responsible for industrialisation.
Nigeria’s free zones to thrive, Kuye said the agency always acted readily to
support these operations in terms of
intervening to settle administrative
challenges that might involve any agency of government, to the benefit
of the nation’s economy.
NEPZA had to intervene to settle an issue that LADOL had with the compliance
and enforcement department of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) which
eventually made them rescind an order concerning the berthing of a vessel.
environment for the free zones, NEPZA again intervened recently to facilitate a
meeting of the LADOL management and the Comptroller-General of Customs to
settle some issues that arose.
some issues, and we facilitated the Management of LADOL meeting the CG
one-on-one, even without prior arrangement. When they went there, they had
their meeting, and they came out happy. That, to me, is enabling environment.”
Amy Jadesimi, said the location of the Lagos Free Zone(LFZ )was an advantage
for the company, and the country in terms of jobs that the location would
enable the industry handle.
at the LFZ would increase the local demand for fabrication four-fold.
production storage and offloading units), VLCCs (very large crude carriers),
semi-submersibles at our quay in LADOL, that increases demand for Nigerdock,
Dorman Long, AVM, Saipem, etc.
world – Norway, South Korea, Singapore,
you have a location where the vessels berth, you have a location where the
fabricated pieces built throughout Nigeria are assembled.
you can now begin to domesticate these projects. Not just 10, 15, 20 per cent,
but even 70 per cent. And 70 per cent domestication is what Brazil has. That is
one of the things that drove Brazil to join the G20.
our development, we had the support of the United States Trade and Development
Agency (USTDA) in our power, in our electronic management system, and, as we
developed from a swampland into the $600 million facility you see today, we
always bore in mind the fact that we wanted to do something that hadn’t been
operating it in a way that made us more efficient than a lot of yards in the
West. A lot of yards in the West were built 30, 40 years ago,” she said.
IT-driven (Information Technology) working in a cashless and paperless system,
which was what the USTDA helped them develop.
system would enable them achieve increased efficiency and work accuracy, which
is the idea behind the right operational system and having the right training