FG Establishes Special Security Team for Free Zones | The Guardian Nigeria News

The federal government has set up a Special Economic Zones Security Team (SEZSEC) as a deliberate measure to protect the 46 free trade zones from economic sabotage.

The SEZSEC team is also expected to secure investments and complement services already provided by the Directorate of State Security (DSS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Customs Service ( NCS) and the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo revealed this yesterday in Abuja while decorating 37 officers from various academic disciplines.

Adebayo said, “The reason we decided to create the unit is to provide adequate security for lives, goods and investments in free trade zones. This bold step will help build confidence among investors, business owners in the zones and potential investors”

He said the government hopes the new development will attract more foreign direct investment (FDI) as it is natural for investments to be where they can be secured.

He warned officers that “the government will not hesitate to reward hard work, just as it will not hesitate to punish any of you who break the law.”

NEPZA Chief Executive Prof. Adesoji Adesugba said the group of officers were trained between May 23 and June 23 at the State Security Services Academy in Lagos to strengthen the architecture of free zone security across the country.

“It took Nigeria 29 years to develop two state-owned free zones. But it only took this administration seven years to establish six special economic zones in Lagos, Ilorin, Katsina, Benue, Gombe and Sokoto. As we begin the real expansion of the program in Nigeria, we are compelled to develop these highly knowledgeable and trained officers to protect the multi-billion dollar trade corridors,” he said.

Christy J. Olson