The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport, Dr Magdalene Ajani, has urged the Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) to promote local content and youth employment.

Ajani, in a statement, said it followed the federal government’s job creation policy.

She made the call when she led a senior management team to inspect

the LADOL Free Trade Zone, Lagos, which is one of the country’s critical infrastructure in the maritime, oil and gas sectors

Ajani, who was impressed with the level of infrastructure development, highlighted the need for the company and its partners to train and retain the workforce to achieve local content consolidation.

The PS further urged LADOL to continuously ensure that its policies and practices affect host communities sufficiently positively to engender peace and inclusion.

Speaking earlier, the Managing Director of LADOL Free Trade Zone, Dr. Amy Jadesinmi highlighted the various new business sectors developed by the free zone.

Jadesinmi called on the ministry to help showcase and market the manufacturing and innovation potentials of the zone to its parastatals and stakeholders, particularly in the rail and maritime sectors.

She reiterated the objective of LADOL and Samsung to continue contributing to the development of the Nigerian economy.

Jadesinmi said the contribution is being made through initiatives such as training local labor for the maritime/oil and gas sectors as well as increasing local content capacity in the sectors.

“We have also invested in training Nigerians to do the job. We compare very favorably internationally. Why? Because of all these investments; due to high local content; because most of the jobs are done by Nigerians,” she said.

The Director General thanked the Ministry team for the visit and assured that all observations and suggestions would be followed up.

Jadesinmi added that the actions will enable LADOL to achieve its vision of becoming a world-class brand, as evidenced by the various global certifications it has already received.

The highlight of the occasion was a guided tour of the premises, including the Samsung Heavy Industries Shipyard (SHI-MCI) heavy-duty paint and fabrication facilities, which was then followed by an audio-visual presentation.

The inspection team included the director of maritime services of the ministry, Babatunde Sule, and the director of legal services, Pius Oteh