President Jonathan approves new free trade zone in Enugu

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Enugu State Governor, Mr Sullivan Chime has revealed the Presidential approval of a promising project which will see the Federal Government create a new free trade zone in the state.

The primary aim of the project is to fully maximise the international status of the Akanu Ibiam Airport in Enugu State.

Speaking to the Executive Council of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Chime was upbeat about the project as he saw it as a means of generating employment opportunities, growing economy of the state and capitalising on the state’s new airport status.

He also promised to partner with NAGAFF on ideas put forward to his government.

National President of the NAGAFF, Chief Eugene Nweke, saw Enugu’s international airport status as an economic opportunity for the state and advised the state government to capitalise on it by introducing airport landing fee or cargo dues at the international airport.

Nweke said, “From our vantage position, we say authoritatively that the South-East can boast of numerous big players in the logistics chain industry. They are more than willing to diversify their cargo traffic through other airports to Enugu because the Lagos Airport especially and the routes around it, are congested. So efforts should be geared towards making the Akanu Ibiam International Airport attractive to importers and freight forwarders to divert their cargoes to the airport.”

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