We’re tackling Nigeria’s economic challenges –FG
By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
The Federal Government has declared that it has introduced a number of programmes to tackle the enormous economic challenges confronting the country.
The Executive Director/CEO, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mr Olusegun Awolowo made the declaration at a one-day export skill acquisition programme on best practices in fish processing(smoking) for export in compliance with sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures held in Akure,the Ondo State capital.
The programme titled “Compliance To Importing Countries Requirement For Export Of Processing Fish” was organised for fish farmers and fish processors in the state.
Awolowo who was represented by the NEPC Trade Promotion Advisor, Akure smart office, Mr Monehin Oluwole stated that the event was organised for key actors in the fish processing industry and other strategic stakeholders to brainstorm on issues that are critical to the sub-sector as an invaluable element of economic diversification programme of the federal government.
The CEO maintained that the programme is aimed at enhancing the performance of Nigerian fish industry in the foreign market, stressing that fish is one of the exportable products in Nigeria, if the right policies and practices are introduced to the sector.
To this end, he informed that the Nigerian Export Promotion Council has initiated zero -oil plan as a cutting-edge economic diversification programme which has been adapted as one of the key components under the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan aimed at taking the country back on a sound and prosperous economic pedestal.
Earlier in his welcome address, the NEPC Trade Promotion Advisor ,Mr Monehin Oluwole who was represented by the Head of Product and Market, Akure smart office, Mr Olagunju Yakubu, affirmed that the competition at international market arena has become very fierce that only products that meet accepted International standards could be sold.
He posited that in the last two years, the NEPC Akure smart office has embarked on series of activities towards the development of products such as cocoa, oil palm,and other exportable products in the state, with over 1,000 cocoa farmers trained on good agricultural practices in both Ondo and Ekiti states, while over 120 cashew and oil farmers benefited in the recent capacity building programme organised by the Council.