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OGFZA Seeks Partnership With Rivers State Govt. to Develop Ikpokiri Island Free Zone


As part of its commitment to establishing more oil and free zones to boost the nation’s economy, the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA), is seeking partnership with the Rivers State government on the development of Ikpokiri island, a green field with latent potential for wealth and job creation.

This was made known when the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA), Sen.Tijjani Kaura, led his management team on a courtesy visit to the Governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, at the Government House, in Port Harcourt.

Kaura congratulated Fubara for his recent election and inauguration as Executive Governor of Rivers State.

Some of the issues discussed at the meeting were ways of possible collaboration and other issues of mutual interest to harness the potentials in the oil and free zones for economic growth.

Seeking the support of the Rivers State government as effort in the development of Ikpokiri island, the OGFZA boss revealed the myriad of opportunities available at the Island, being a green field virgin land without much development since it was declared a free zone in 1996.

Kaura said “if the state government would take advantage of the area to support OGFZA in the development effort, Ikpokiri would become another modern city in the State”.

He disclosed that foreign investors from Japan have already indicated interest in investing in the island.

According to Sen. Kaura, partnering with OGFZA towards the development of Ikpokiri Island is critical and beneficial to promote investment and economic growth for creating wealth and employment opportunities for Rivers State and Nigeria by extension.

Responding, Sir Fubara who expressed concern over the East-West Road, however appreciated OGFZA Boss and his management team for identifying with the state government while expressing his willingness to collaborate with the Authority in due time.

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