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NEPC will improve exports, increase revenue through SERVICOM charter – Awolowo

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Mr Olusegun Awolowo, Executive Director, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) says Service Compact (SERVICOM) Charter will enable the council improve on exports and  increase revenue for the country.

Awolowo said on Tuesday in Abuja during the inauguration of NEPC Service Charter that the document was put together by the council’s SERVICOM Unit.

“ I am convinced that efficient service delivery at NEPC will ultimately translate to improved exports, inclusive growth and increased revenue for government.

“We hope to fully achieve NEPC’s vision of making the world a market place for Nigerian non-oil products and services.

“To this end, we expect our customers to constantly evaluate our performance and provide feedback on how to improve such services,’’ he said.

Awolowo said the charter was a commitment to improving  service delivery and an assurance to members of the public that the council staff would discharge their responsibilities in line with the tenth of the document.

He said the mission of the council was to spearhead the diversification of the Nigerian economy by expanding and increasing non-oil exports for sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

According to him, in order to achieve the mission, the council needs to provide prompt and efficient service to its clients.

Awolowo said that since inception in March, 2004, SERVICOM had remained as one of the effective public service machineries institutionalised to ensure customer satisfaction by ministries, departments and agencies.

“The charter is in line with the need to provide prompt and adequate service that will change the narratives of the contribution of non-oil export sector o the economy,’’ he said.

Awolowo said the charter was an operational tool to guide the council’s business conduct with  clients, the exporters, and other stakeholders.

He said the charter would enable the council provide efficient services as Trade Promotion Organisation in line with expected international best practices.

Mr Sid Aliyu, NEPC Director of Policy and Strategy said when reviewing the charter that other purposes of the document was the council’s commitment to providing  best services and communicate rights

Aliyu said the document would enable the council handle entitlements and responsibilities to clients and define the standard of services expected by customers and staff.

It would bring about improved services and create free atmosphere for evaluation, monitoring and measurement of activities, ” he said.

He said that the charter would guide the way customers perceived the council, adding that NEPC will take the responsibility of a breakdown.

“The customers will always give us feedback on services breakdown because they have the right to complain when not satisfied,’’ he said.

Mrs  Nnenna Akajemini, the National Coordinator, SERIVICOM commended NEPC for taking the bull by the horns.

Akajemini urged the council to implement what was contained in the charter,  saying that every staff must treat all files within 48 hours.

“The charter will provide the solid base for customers to demand to be served fairly, promptly, transparently and in time in line with the goals for which SERVICOM is established.

“Making this public that NEPC have now properly documented a guide and standard for us to ensure that quality services are truly provided with measurable timelines, and when they fail, we hold them accountable,’’ she said.

Akajemini advised the council to make information that concerns export public in order to properly educate the exporters.

She said that the charter also contained what customers could  do when there were not satisfied with the council’s services.

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ITF, NEPC sign MoU on MSMEs capacity building

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The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), to build capacity of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) operators to facilitate export.

 

Sir Joseph Ari, Director-General, ITF, said at the signing of the MoU in Abuja that it would serve as a guide to drive the capacity and growth of the MSMEs effectively for entrepreneurial development.

 

Ari, represented by Mr Zakaraya Piwuna, Director, Research and Curriculum and Chairman, Technical Committee, said that the MoU would determine specific needs and opportunities for MSMEs capacity building.

 

According to him, the capacity building would assist the MSMEs operators in export of indigenous products, develop and facilitate commodity producers from start-ups to exports.

 

“It will help the local exporters by improving packaging and processing of agricultural commodities as well as the agricultural value chain,’’ Ari said.

 

“The MSMEs are mostly within the informal sector of the economy and have a very high yield in terms of Gross Domestic Product.

 

“ITF being a member of the National Council on MSMEs felt it is apt to use expertise to contribute to the MSMEs development to create jobs, wealth and tackle the challenges in the sector,’’ he said.

 

He further noted that its contact with the NEPC dated back to 2015 when it received a draft proposal from NEPC to collaborate on MSMEs capacity building.

 

The ITF D-G said it would establish a framework of collaboration to provide training, services and solutions for challenges facing MSMEs operators to facilitate export.

 

Mr Segun Awolowo, Executive Director, NEPC, in a remark, said that the collaboration with ITF was paramount because it gave a lot of premium on skills acquisition and knowledge.

 

Awolowo, represented by Mr Abdullahi Sidi-Aliyu, Director, Export Development and Incentives said that it needed to bridge the knowledge or skills gap for the operators to be successful in the MSMEs sector.

 

“While promoting export we discovered that that particular curriculum or export promotion is not taught in the universities or institutions of higher learning, it is something that must be acquired most likely after tertiary education.

 

“So, you need to acquire additional skills for you to venture into the export sector, it is completely an unknown area for a lot of people.

 

“We will like to go beyond the MSMEs to train our staff to have additional skills and knowledge to render efficient service to our clienteles, ‘’ Awolowo said.

 

He said that NEPC had also evolved over the years some local intervention programmes to boost ease of doing business in the country.

 

He listed some of the programmes as Zero to Export programme, which aid in export business and export clinic; it also rendered short interventions in the area of passport procedure and documentation as well as export regulatory framework.

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Felix Ajide

 

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NEPC advocates siting warehouses along trade corridors to curb illegal export in non oil sector

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The Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has advocated building of warehouses along trade corridors in the country to curb informal non oil export.

The Southeast Regional Coordinator of the council, Mr Arnold Jackson made the call on Wednesday in Enugu during a courtesy visit to the zonal office of the Nigeria News Agency .

Jackson said that informal trade in the non oil sector was one of the major challenges facing the diversification mantra of the Federal Government.

He said that such warehouses could be built along the non oil sector value chain either by the government or by off-takers.

He said that such facilities would be necessary to ascertain the level of transaction in the sector as well as generate the specific data on the volume of trade along the corridor.

Jackson also said that such facilities would help to improve on the quality assurance of Nigerian products as deliberate efforts would be made to standardise the goods.

“Exportable products stored in such warehouses will have the opportunity of being checked for quality assurance and graded before hitting the international market,” he said.

The regional coordinator said that there were empirical evidence that non oil export in the country had improved significantly in the last two years.

“Our major challenge is the activities of some exporters that try to maximize profits by cutting corners. However, the council has developed a programme for the training of exporters,” he said.

Jackson explained that the council would through its inter-agency collaboration with other relevant stakeholders mitigate some of the challenges in the sector.

He said that non oil export was the best way to go as the oil sector was no longer viable.

According to him, government is doing its best to optimize the potentials in solid minerals, agriculture, mining, processing and general services.

He appealed to state governments to elucidate the interest of their people in non oil export, adding that it had the potentials to be a huge income earner for the government.

Jackson said that they were in NAN to solicit for media partnership as the council set out to sensitise the masses on the potentials that abound in the sector.

“If you must make progress, you must partner with the media to sell your programmes,” he said.

Jackson called on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) owners to leverage on the ‘One State, One Product’ policy of the NEPC to grow their businesses.

Responding, the NAN Zonal Manager, Mrs Maureen Atuonwu, said that the visit was in line with the policy of the Federal Government on economic diversification and growth.

Atuonwu said that NAN has the potential and spread to publicise the activities of the council.

“We commend you for developing this relationship and we trust that it will be beneficial to Nigerians,” she said.

The zonal manager urged the council to leverage on the various products and services of the agency to promote their activities.

Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu

 

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NEPC to assist over 5,000 Southeast SMEs in non oil export

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The Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) says it will assist no fewer than 5,000 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the South East to engage in non-oil exports.

The Southeast Regional Coordinator of the council, Mr Arnold Jackson, disclosed this on Tuesday in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Enugu.

Jackson said that the move was part of efforts by the council to boost diversification and promotion of non-oil exports in Nigeria.

The coordinator said that the council would also develop templates that would help SMEs to add value to their products as well as ensure quality assurance.

He said that though Nigerian products were doing well in the international market, entrepreneurs still needed to make their products more competitive and relevant.

He however, said that Nigerian entrepreneurs needed to do better in the area of packaging their products, to get the desired attention at the international market.

“There is need to sensitise the SMEs to meet the parameters for export. If you do not package your products very well to meet international standard and gain premium, you may not achieve much,” he said.

Jackson said that the council had through its “one state, one product” initiative, made a deliberate effort to promote Nigerian products.

He said that the initiative was a situation where each state would concentrate on the production of an item it had comparative advantage on.

The coordinator said that the initiative which had zero oil plan had been mainstreamed into the Economic Growth and Recovery Plan of the Federal Government.

“In this initiative, one or two products may be pushed as the mainstay with others as alternatives,” he said.

Jackson said that if conscientiously implemented, the move was capable of improving the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of state governments.

He however, said that state governments needed to provide the enabling environment for the initiative to thrive.

According to him, Enugu State, Ebonyi, and Abia have comparative advantage in the production and export of cashew nuts, rice, and leather respectively.

He also said that Anambra and Imo had comparative advantage in the production and export of rice and pineapple respectively.

Jackson urged SME operators in the zone to form clusters for ease of attention and certification of their products under the initiative.

“State governments have to get involved to drive this process of export, and by so doing, create employment opportunities for their people,” Jackson said.

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Centre, NEPC demand women involvement in public procurement

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The International Trade Centre (ITC) and Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) have called for increased participation of Women-Owned Businesses (WOB) in public procurement in Nigeria.

NEPC Executive Director, Mr Olusegun Awolowo, made the called on Thursday in Abuja at a two-Day SheTrades Policy Dialogue on Promoting Women Economic Empowerment and Public Procurement, organised by ITC in collaboration with NEPC.

The SheTrades Commonwealth project aims at increasing economic growth and job creation in commonwealth countries by enabling increased participation of WOB in international trade.

The project is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and implemented by the ITC under the framework of SheTrades initiatives.

Awolowo said this was coming on the heels of recent report that addressing women’s inequality could add 28 trillion dollars to global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2020, thereby enabling economies to unlock full potential.

Awolowo, represented by Mrs Evelyn Obidike, Director, Policy and Strategy, NEPC stated that public procurement was a powerful tool to achieve socio-economic objectives because it operated at intersection of the government’s regulatory and buying powers.

“In its combined role as buyer and policy maker, government has the opportunity to help shape and increase the participation of women-owned businesses in procurement markets.

“Public procurement policies, laws and regulations are designed based on principles of transparency, nondiscrimination, and maximum competition. These objectives can, and should include increased participation by women entrepreneurs,’’ he said.

According to him, women economic empowerment is crucial to economic growth and development, especially in emerging economies such as Nigeria.

He said that when women were economically empowered they could contribute significantly to employment generation, poverty reduction and increase in the standard of living.

“No longer does Nigeria want to export all her produce raw. We are eager to create value addition and it is female entrepreneurs that are leading this with the export of their products and services,’’ he said.

He recalled that NEPC in collaboration with the ITC inaugurated the SheTrades initiative in 2016 and the SheTrades in Commonwealth project in 2018 to empower women economically through greater participation in global trade and investment in Nigeria.

The NEPC further noted that the programmes had encouraged women entrepreneurs to register and make their businesses visible in the platform, leveraging trade as a channel for economic empowerment.

“The aim is to connect 200,000 women-owned businesses in Nigeria to international markets as part of the broader UN goal of connecting three million women by 2021.

“The initiatives equally offer a blueprint of seven global actions including public procurement, to unlock markets for women as well as a digital platform (web and mobile app) for women entrepreneurs to connect to buyers, investors and new markets.

“They provide a powerful platform that encourages stakeholders across governments and the private sector to address shortcomings and advance women’s economic empowerment.

“Gender equality and the empowerment of women is a prerequisite in achieving the Global Development Goals on Sustainable Development adopted by the UN setting forth an ambitious development agenda for 2030,’’ he said.

Appreciating ITC, he noted that the projects which were still on-going until May 2020 were very successful in Nigeria adding that it organised workshop in Lagos in 2018.

He said that the workshop targeted Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) owned by women in Textiles and Apparel, Agriculture Shea, Spices and Cashew, IT and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO).

The project, he said, had trained a total of 1,281 MSMEs owned by women on a variety of trade rated skills.

He further said that the project had connected 190 businesses to international buyers to date through support at international trade fairs, in country business linkage events, and partnership with large private sector companies.

“These activities have so far generated about 9m dollars of business leads, which the project is currently monitoring,’’ he said.

At the policy level, he said that the project was about to commence on-boarding for SheTrades Outlook, a comprehensive data platform focused on the role of women in trade and the effects of policy frameworks.

In an address, John Primose, Deputy Head of Office, DFID underscored the need for more women’s economic empowerment and listed ways by which DFID had supported.

Primose noted that economies with better gender equality could grow faster adding that bridging the gender gap in Sub-Saharan Africa could increase GDP by a staggering 34 per cent.

He explained that Nigeria’s Real GDP per capita growth could be higher by one percentage points each year if gender inequality was reduced in the region.

According to him, DFID is committed to placing women’s economic empowerment at the

heart of our approach globally and in Nigeria and helping to increase women’s role in international trade.

“Public procurement is a key driver of trade, both domestically and internationally, trade agreements are increasingly looking at the obligations of government to open public procurement opportunities to marginalised citizens,” he said.

Primose called for a very tangible framework to boost women’s access to economic opportunities which could be increased in trade, public procurement and gender.

The objective of the two-day dialogue is to develop a framework to support increased participation of women-owned business in public procurement in Nigeria.

Edited By: Donald Ugwu

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Gov Sanwo-Olu lauds NNPC, SNEPCo’s donation of medical emergency equipment

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Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Wednesday lauded the donation of Medical Emergency Response Equipment to the General Hospital, Odan, Lagos by two oil companies.

Sanwo-Olu spoke on Wednesday in Lagos at the inauguration of medical equipment donated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd. (SNEPCo) to General Hospital, Odan, Lagos.

The governor, represented by Prof. Akin Abayomi, State Commissioner for Health, said that the donation would help the state government to achieve the overall objective of its health agenda.

He said that this was to increase the capacity of the healthcare system and infrastructure to meet the needs of its growing population.

Sanwo-Olu said that health and education accounts for the largest share of the 2020 budget.

The governor said that the huge budgetary allocation to the sector put in context of its over 22 million population was almost insignificant.

According to him, the increase in allocation to the health sector signifies the commitment to actualisation of the Abuja Declaration of 15 per cent total budget allocation made to the health sector.

He said the state was currently at 10 per cent, adding that it would continue to increase the allocation to the sector to drive quality healthcare delivery in the state.

Sanwo-Olu said that collaboration with the private sector such as the one done by NNPC/SNEPCo was significant.

He urged other corporate bodies to emulate the gesture toward driving quality healthcare delivery system in the country.

Commenting, the Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari, said that the equipment would help to provide succour to many people during emergency situations.

Kyari, represented by Mrs Yetunde Asinge, Deputy Manager, Public Affairs Department, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS). T, said that NNPC had embarked on many life touching projects across various sectors in different parts of the country.

Also, Mr Bayo Ojulari, Managing Director of SNEPCo, said that the social investment strategy of NNPC/SNEPCo was centred on health and education initiatives across the country.

Ojulari said that the donation was done in partnership with the state government under the Lagos State Medical Emergency Response Improvement Programme (Lagos MERIP).

He said Lagos MERIP aligns with the government’s health agenda and guarantees government ownership and drive; adding that it would also ensure sustainability of the programme.

“As part of this innovative Public-Private Partnership, the Lagos State Government renovated the building and will continue to manage the hospital, while NNPC/SNEPCo provided the state-of-the-art equipment,” he said.

The equipment including fully equipped intensive care ambulance, mini-ambulances, specialised beds and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).

Others are: Mobile x-ray machine unit, ECG machine, operating tables and lamps, autoclave and consumables, among others.

Ojulari said that NNPC/SNEPCo also partnered with the hospital to build capacity of equipment operators and co-develop processes and policies to ensure efficient delivery of quality emergency services.

He expressed optimism for continued collaboration between the public and private sectors in healthcare delivery to assist Nigeria to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals Three before the target date of 2030.

In his remarks, Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos, commended NNPC/SNEPCo for its kind gesture.

Akiolu said that the equipment would improve the quality of emergency response in the state.

Also, Dr Gani Kale, Medical Director, General Hospital, Odan, Lagos, said that the equipment would assist the hospital to touch more lives during emergency situations.

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Gov Sanwo-Olu lauds NNPC, SNEPCo donation of medical emergency equipment

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Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Wednesday lauded the donation of Medical Emergency Response Equipment to the General Hospital, Odan, Lagos by two oil companies.

Sanwo-Olu spoke on Wednesday in Lagos at the inauguration of medical equipment donated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd. (SNEPCo) to General Hospital, Odan, Lagos.

The governor, represented by Prof. Akin Abayomi, State Commissioner for Health, said that the donation would help the state government to achieve the overall objective of its health agenda.

He said that this was to increase the capacity of the healthcare system and infrastructure to meet the needs of its growing population.

Sanwo-Olu said that health and education accounts for the largest share of the 2020 budget.

The governor said that the huge budgetary allocation to the sector put in context of its over 22 million population was almost insignificant.

According to him, the increase in allocation to the health sector signifies the commitment to actualisation of the Abuja Declaration of 15 per cent total budget allocation made to the health sector.

He said the state was currently at 10 per cent, adding that it would continue to increase the allocation to the sector to drive quality healthcare delivery in the state.

Sanwo-Olu said that collaboration with the private sector such as the one done by o was significant.

He urged other corporate bodies to emulate the gesture toward driving quality healthcare delivery system in the country.

Commenting, the Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari, said that the equipment would help to provide succour to many people during emergency situations.

Kyari, represented by Mrs Yetunde Asinge, Deputy Manager, Public Affairs Department, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS). T, said that NNPC had embarked on many life touching projects across various sectors in different parts of the country.

Also, Mr Bayo Ojulari, Managing Director of SNEPCo, said that the social investment strategy of o was centred on health and education initiatives across the country.

Ojulari said that the donation was done in partnership with the state government under the Lagos State Medical Emergency Response Improvement Programme (Lagos MERIP).

He said Lagos MERIP aligns with the government’s health agenda and guarantees government ownership and drive; adding that it would also ensure sustainability of the programme.

“As part of this innovative Public-Private Partnership, the Lagos State Government renovated the building and will continue to manage the hospital, while o provided the state-of-the-art equipment,” he said.

The equipment including fully equipped intensive care ambulance, mini-ambulances, specialised beds and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).

Others are: Mobile x-ray machine unit, ECG machine, operating tables and lamps, autoclave and consumables, among others.

Ojulari said that o also partnered with the hospital to build capacity of equipment operators and co-develop processes and policies to ensure efficient delivery of quality emergency services.

He expressed optimism for continued collaboration between the public and private sectors in healthcare delivery to assist Nigeria to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals Three before the target date of 2030.

In his remarks, Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos, commended o for its kind gesture.

Akiolu said that the equipment would improve the quality of emergency response in the state.

Also, Dr Gani Kale, Medical Director, General Hospital, Odan, Lagos, said that the equipment would assist the hospital to touch more lives during emergency situations.    

Edited by: Debo Oshundun/Olagoke Olatoye

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NEPC trains 120 entrepreneurs on digital marketing in Ondo

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The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) on Tuesday in Akure organised a training workshop for no fewer than 120 small and medium entrepreneurs and registered exporters on digital/e-commerce options.

Speaking at the workshop, Mr Olusegun Awolowo, the Director General of NEPC, said that export business was dynamic, information-driven and knowledge-based.

He noted that the internet had continued to greatly impact on individuals and the world at large, adding that this informed the training.

Awolowo, who was represented by Mr Oluwole Monehin, the Akure Trade Advisor of NEPC, noted that the agency was saddled with the responsibility of promoting non-oil export in Nigeria.

He explained that NEPC had taken pragmatic steps to redesign non-oil export direction through its zero-oil plan.

According to him, it is a cutting edge economic diversification programme which intends to prepare the country for a future economy without oil.

” As a responsible trade support institution, NEPC is committed to playing a leading role in accelerating and providing a conducive environment for Nigeria’s effective and profitable participation in the international market space.

“We build the capacities of exporters and potential exporters to position them to be able to compete favorably with their peers across the world,” Awolowo stated.

He highlighted some achievements recorded in the state and Ekiti in the development of non-oil export.

” We have embarked on series of programmes in Ondo State and Ekiti such as capacity building on cocoa farmers on good agricultural practices with presentation of fermentation boxes to farmers,” he said.

Awolowo urged the participants to take advantage of the workshop to widen their business horizon.

In his remarks, Mr Sunday Lebi, the Permanent Secretary of Ondo State Agency for Commerce, Industry and Cooperative Services, said that e-commerce had reduced the cost of trade engagement.

Lebi noted that digital trading had created a lot of enormous potentials and ensured expanded opportunities for trade.

The permanent secretary stated that the worskshop would facilitate the participants’ ability, especially that of SMEs to be involved in international trade.

” It is my hope that this workshop will go a long way in addressing and proferring concrete and enduring solutions to challenges.

“It will boost the export of made in Nigerian products from Ondo State,” he said.

He commended NEPC for organising the programme which was designed to ensure that goods from Ondo State penetrated the international market.

Miss Oloruntosin Olatunbosun, one of the participants, thanked NEPC for organising the training programme.

She said the initiative had improved her knowledge, adding that it would be used in her local organic soap business.

Another participant, Mr Bankole Fowose, said that the training was a life opportunity for his entrepreneural business, promising that he would make use of it for betterment.

(Edited by: Mufutau Ojo)

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NEPC trains EEG beneficiaries on online platform

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The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) on Tuesday equipped beneficiaries of the Export Expansion Grant (EEG) by training them on technological strategies to ensure competitiveness at the global market.

Its Executive Director, Mr Olusegun Awolowo, said at the training of EEG beneficiaries on web portal in Lagos that the training was in collaboration with the Price Water Cooperation (PWC).

Awolowo, represented by Mr Samuel Oyeyipo, Regional Coordinator, South-West Zone of NEPC, said that a web portal was recently created and scheduled to be launched in January 2020.

According to him, this is to reduce turnaround time and promote transparency in the processing of claim for exporters.

Awolowo added that the training was convened in fulfillment of spearheading the administration of incentives which was in tandem with the international best practices for the development of non-oil export sector.

He explained that to achieve the goals of diversification of the nation’s economy from oil dependence, technology had to be introduced to non-oil sector to improve the country’s ranking on ease of doing business.

This, Awolowo said, was with a view to promote transparency, reduce paperwork involved with manual submission and ultimately, reduce turnaround time for processing of claims.

The diversification of the economy from oil is one of the focal points of economic development at the centre of this current government’s mandate.

The EEG will play an important role in actualizing this goal, hence, the introduction of a web portal where exporters can conveniently capture their baseline data, claims’ applications and submit them online from the comfort of their homes and offices.

I strongly believe that the automation of the EEG processing through the introduction and efficient implementation of the portal would significantly improve the performance of the non-oil sector of the Nigerian economy,” he said.

Also, Mr Lawal Dalhat, Deputy Director, Incentives NEPC, said that the portal which was currently being run would greatly ease the stress of physical presence and travelling associated with the former way of processing claims.

Dalhat said the portal was created in line with the government’s policy to improve the ease of doing business within the nation.

The platform provides opportunity for all stakeholders, processing government agencies, auditors, exporters and relevant bodies to submit, review and access information regarding processing of claims.

“We believe that the automated programme will further boost non-oil exports as more exporters will be encouraged to participate in subsequent export transactions,” he said.

Edited by: Olagoke Olatoye
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NEPC to address challenges of groundnut value chain groups in Bauchi State

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Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) will key into the Export Product Cluster Initiative  for the Nigeria Groundnut Development Programme, the Head of  NEPC in Bauchi State, Mr Ralph Ogenyi, says.

 

Ogenyi, who spoke at a one-day stakeholders meeting with groundnut producers, processors and merchants in Bauchi on Wednesday, explained said the step was necessary to address  the challenges of producers, farmers and other value chain groups.

 

He said that the council would create an Export Promotion Village(EPV) for the product, adding: “We intend to increase the quantity of groundnut in Bauchi to an export level.

 

 

“The council  will create market for the product and  facilitate the activities of the village including price.”

 

Ogenyi said that the state known as one of the lead producers of groundnut in the country  suddenly dropped out  due to the  drop in the chain.

 

“The council will continue to ensure that farmers produce good and healthy crops suitable for export market thereby promoting the development and diversification of  the nation’s export trade,” he said.

 

Alhaji Suleiman Gambo, the Secretary, Nigeria Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, Bauchi chapter, expressed appreciation to the council for the initiative and described it as timely.

 

He said that groundnut farmers had shifted towards producing sesame because of some challenges associated with producing the latter.

 

Meanwhile, the Managing Director of Hanko Oil Mill, Alhaji, Yusuf Mohammed, said that  producers in the state were not delivering sufficient produce to satisfy local processors.

 

He noted that aside oil, other products such as soap, cake, beverage producers  used groundnut as ingredients.

 

He said that the lack of financial  support from stakeholders was a huge challenge  to processors and farmers.

 

“You have to be very patient  in accessing  government interventions and financial support and as for some of us we cannot wait for a long time, as such we continue with our little capital to operate our business,” he said.

 

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