The Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA) has opened discussions with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to forge closer ties on a range of issues from use of land in the ports where oil and gas free zones are located to strategic cooperation, THISDAY reports.
The strategic engagement move between the two government agencies began at the weekend when the Managing Director of OGFZA, Mr. Umana Okon Umana, paid a courtesy call on the Managing Director of the NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, at the NPA head office in Lagos. He emphasised that collaboration between OGFZA and the NPA on land use and other policy issues would have positive impact on the ease of doing business in the free zones in line with the policy thrust of the federal government.
Usman, commended the managing director of OGFZA on his efforts to sanitise the free zones by insisting that all licensees comply with extant laws and regulations and pledged unflinching support to OGFZA in the bid to realise the full objectives and potential of the oil and gas free zones. She expressed full support for Umana’s position that OGFZA and NPA needed to strengthen their collaboration to ensure that a level playing field is provided for all licensees and concessionaires.