Stakeholders in Nigerian business sector have called for the amendment of the Industrial Parks Regulation Act 63 of 1992,describing the act as outdated.
This was at the National Stakeholders Workshop in Abuja organised by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and Germna Development Cooperation in collaboration with the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority.
The workshop witnessed the presentation of a baseline assessment of industrial parks in Nigeria,advocating for the evolution of eco-industrial park for the benefit of the nation.
UNIDO national expert ,Mr Adebisi Opejinmi while delivering an overview of the report raised issues about lack of a national policy on eco parks and even generally on industrial parks,noting that the subsisiting law I’d due for review especially with respect to the duties and responsibilities of the custom and revenue services.
While lamenting low knowledge about park management ,the UNIDO expert said a review of the law will allow for segmentation of the 43 parks into seven variants while infrastructure deficit can be addressed to make the idea of eco parks a reality.
GIZ headquarters has been partnering with UNIDO to carry out pilot assessment of industrial parks in few countries in Africa including Nigeria. The assessment is largely to check their eco-friendliness and their level of compliance with Eco-Industrial Indicators looking at sustainability across economic, environmental, and social aspects of the parks and also checking the gaps and readiness of park management and resident businesses to address the gaps. As part of this process, there was an assessment of the Calabar Free Trade Zone in November 2019.