LADOL Free Zone has continued to lead the industry in compliance and quality standards. In addition to retaining its certificates in Quality Management System and the International Organisation for Standardisation ISO 9001 2015, LADOL has also been praised for improving its compliance standards year- on- year.
The ISO 9001:2015 is the world’s highest quality accreditation. It specifies requirements for the creation and implementation of quality management systems to ensure that organisations can consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.
The ISO 9001 also aims to create a virtuous cycle of continuing improvement in standards and quality – by challenging organisations that meet the standard to show continuous improvement to retain their certifications.
LADOL achieved the re-certification after a three-day audit exercise covering all the facilities and services in the zone. The audit was conducted by Bureau Veritas which is a recognised world leader in testing, inspection, and certification services.
Managing Director of LADOL, Dr. Amy Jadesimi, while speaking on this successful re-certification, attributed the feat to the dedication of the members of staff.
She said: “I want to thank all of our staffers, who have made compliance a way of life and ensured that we can keep operating safely and efficiently despite the ongoing challenges. The whole LADOL family of stakeholders have come together more closely than ever over the past few years and the trials we have faced were smoothly weathered due to our strong adherence to policy and procedure.
“We would also like to thank our clients who work with us daily to enhance the safety and security of the entire zone.
“From inception, LADOL has been committed to attaining and maintaining excellent quality standards. We have proved this not only by retaining our ISO 9001:2015 Quality management system certificate, but also by providing all our customer’s and stakeholders with innovative and high-quality sustainable solutions.
“The requirement of this quality standards is embedded in all of LADOL’s business processes. Our management system provides us with the tools and data for continuous improvement, and systematic risk-based processing necessary to ensure that we satisfy the needs of our clients and other stakeholders while complying with applicable regulatory and legislative requirements”.
LADOL’s Governance Risk and Compliance coordinator Mr. Abiodun Ogunyemi, who also commented on the feat stated that this achievement is a reiteration of the company’s commitment to quality even at a time when it is difficult to do business.
“As a company, we have maintained a systematic approach to quality management and we have also managed our business to ensure that the needs of our customers are clearly understood, agreed, and fulfilled.
“Since LADOL is committed to helping the world attain the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals we have aligned our operations towards achieving this aim. Our high value industrial activities which include logistics, repairs, fabrication, project support and facilities management, are executed in a sustainable manner”, Ogunyemi said.
Recall that LADOL is currently building the world’s first Sustainable Industrial Special Economic Zone SSEZ, using the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals SDGs to build a unique circular ecosystem, servicing a range of industries.
Developed out of a disused swamp and has been operational since 2006, the zone’s infrastructure and facilities have since then grown and expanded. The zone now provides a 24/7 efficient, safe and secure location from which local and international companies, in a range of sectors, can start operating immediately.
In 2017, LADOL disrupted the local oil and gas market, halving the costs of local support, and creating thousands of local jobs. It is now focused on attracting and servicing a range of non-oil and gas companies in sectors ranging from technology to agriculture. The sectors identified will work together to create a circular economy within the zone.
Given that West Africa is one of the largest under-served markets in the world with the fastest growing population, industrial companies working in LADOL can service this market sustainably and profitably, while creating tens of thousands of jobs. As the local market grows, there will be higher demand for locally produced products, a larger skilled workforce and cheaper domestic operating costs.