Chisom Madunagu –The Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA) has developed a four year plan which would enable the organization bring more than 80 per cent investment into the country.
This plan whirls around OGFZA’s vision to be the premier agency of government attracting investments into Nigeria through the oil and gas free zones.
One of the major goals of the road map, according to the retreat resolution, was to achieve 80 per cent increase in investment inflow to the country through the oil and gas free zones.
According to Daily independent, Guided by OGFZA’s mission statement to facilitate investment inflow for the optimal benefits of all stakeholders in the free zones, the retreat resolved that all work processes in OGFZA would be automated to optimise performance, and equally agreed a standard operating procedure to enhance job performance efficiency. This position emerged at the a two-day intensive management retreat of OGFZA, where the plan was adopted to guide its operations for the next four years.
Anchored on the theme, “Enhancing service delivery in the Oil and Gas Free Zones in Nigeria,” the retreat also agreed a six-point set of values that furnishes the right organisational culture for OGFZA.
The new culture orientation binds the management and staff of OGFZA to live by the creed of integrity, passion for their job, transparency and accountability, creativity, professionalism and respect (for self, clients, time, etc).
In a speech to bring the retreat to a close, Mr Umana Okon Umana, Managing Director of OGFZA, said: “With a roadmap drawn up and core values agreed to provide the right culture orientation to drive operations at OGFZA, we can now engage investors and operators in the oil and gas free zones in a manner that facilitates the achievement of our mandate.”
Umana stressed that the new work ethics in the agency would emphasise performance, reward exceptional contribution and accept no excuses for failure.
He described the retreat as “a very rewarding engagement” that has set the tone for OGFZA to move in the right direction, projecting that the impact of the brain storming session would be seen and felt immediately.
“The rebranding is well underway and with it a new way to doing business and dealing with clients,” he said, adding that he was ready to drive the change in the investment agency.
Umana acknowledged the “excellent presentations by resource persons” at the retreat and said the era of excellence has dawned that would impact work processes, training, manpower development and service delivery in all ramifications at OGFZA.
The management retreat was highly interactive and modeled to tap from the full range of talents, skills and experience available at the management level of the agency.