Agricultural Products: NEPC Appeals To FG For Assistance

* From R : The Chief Executive Officer of NEPC, Mr Segun Awolowo, and Group Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Aviation Handling Company(NAHCO) Aviance , Mrs Olatokunbo Fagbemi, when the former visited NAHCO today.

 

…As Global Logistics, NAHCO Promise To Assist Council

Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has appealed to the Federal Government to assist in the area of processing of products in the non oil export, as the loss in the packaging of agricultural products was huge

This is just as NEPC revealed that the informal sector in West Africa can generate N41 billion yearly.

The Chief Executive Officer of NEPC, Mr Segun Awolowo, said this when he visited the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company(NAHCO) Aviance in an event organised by the Chief Executive Officer of Global Logistics, Mr Oluwajimi Adebakin.

Awolowo said that agricultural products such as banana, Cashew, plantain, cassava, pepper and coco are the future for Nigeria.

He hinted that for Nigeria non oil exports to be accepted, they must be well processed and packaged, adding that the inability of exporters to package the products very well has led to great loss.

The NEPC boss stated that the council was there to market and sell Nigeria.

He lamented that because the non-oil export is not being embraced by Nigerians many cargo airlines don’t have cargo to take back when they come to Nigeria, adding that Nigeria can change this by embracing the export of agricultural products.

Also speaking, Adebakin said that its partners in South Africa, Dubai, Spain, US and UK abroad are ready to accept the non oil exports from Nigeria, adding that they also have the capacity to accommodate and warehouse tons of cargo from Nigeria.

To buttress his point, Adebakin linked up with his technical partners from India, South Africa, Spain, United Arab Emirates (UAE), via Webinar, who confirmed that they have the capacity to handle several tons of cargo for non oil exports coming from Nigeria.

The Global Logistics boss said that the technical partners would focus on capacity, warehousing and Customs clearance, adding that the plan is to make UAE gateway to the Middle East  while Delhi, India will be a hub.

He said that what Global Logistic intends to achieve in collaboration with its partner abroad is to move 100,000 tons of non-oil  products out of Lagos.

On her part, the Group Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Aviation Handling Company(NAHCO) Aviance , Mrs Olatokunbo Fagbemi,  said that NEPC should encourage Nigerians to export agricultural products, adding that there is so much to benefit from it .

She stated that for agricultural products to be accepted abroad, it must not only be well processed but that it must also be well packaged and labeled.

She said that some Nigeria agricultural products had to be destroyed because they were not well packed by the exporters.

She hinted that to ensure Nigeria products are not rejected abroad; NAHCO was working with the Ministry of Agriculture, adding that NAHCO welcomes any contribution that would make export grow.

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