The new Chairman, Governing Board of Directors of the Ogun-Guangdong Free Trade Zone Limited, Igbesa, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, Hadjia Hafsat Oduwole, has said that the FTZ would engage more women in its operations.
Oduwole stressed that women are vital for societal development, hence the need to engage them in key economic sectors.
The new chairman of the FTZ said this at a press conference held at the company’s premises on Tuesday.
Oduwole who spoke on “Sustainability, stability and prosperity” noted that the partnership of China and Ogun will boost the development and growth of the host community.
The new chairman further said the FTZ would work in harmony with the Igbesa community leaders in executing its planned Corporate Social Responsibility.
She said, “I am going to make sure we do a lot with the women. So far, so good, nothing like that is on the ground but, taking over as a new chairman is one of the projects I am going to embark on. That’s why I am going to take women along.
“Once you take on building women, it’s like building a nation. This is one of the first projects I will embark on; that’s carrying women along.”
Oduwole added, “the royal fathers and community leaders are all here. We will work very well together. Also, we have CRS in place that takes care of so many things in place that take care of so many things for the community.
“We don’t have a problem working together and they have been giving us everything. In other parts of the state, the security is not stable but here in Igbesa, there is security.
“That is to show that we are working well with the people.”
The new chairman further stated that quality products are made at the FTZ, adding that the products are also affordable for Nigerians.
She said, “I have been in the system and also, I have travelled far and wide; what I am seeing here, the quality can compete with any tiles in any part of the world.
“If you tell anybody these tiles are from Spain, nobody will argue with you. That is the quality.
“I was asking the manager just now about the floor tiles I saw, because they look new, and how long they have been there; he told me since 2016. That is the quality they have.
“Even some they brought from abroad, give it two years, they will be fading. You have very good quality and because of that, we have saleable products.
“When you have saleable products, you’re going to make money. You sell to make money.
“All the raw materials they use here are locally sourced, definitely, the price is going to be low compared to what is imported. The price is not going to be too expensive,” the new chairman said.
Meanwhile, Oloja Ekun of Igbesa, Oba AbdulAzeez Akinde, noted that the community will continue to support the trade zone for the benefit of all.
Oba Akinde also commended the state Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on his choice of Oduwole, who the monarch described as an experienced and capable hand to oversee the company.
Also, the General manager, China Africa Free Trade Investment Company, Dr. Hanson Huang, appreciated the governor and the new chairman.
Huang further said the FTZ will continue to operate profitably for the benefit of all.