Going forward, the NEPC deserves adequate funding in this daunting task of promoting Nigerian non-oil exports. And now that the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AcfTA) had been signed and domesticated by African Union member States, it is expected that the Council designs strategies to improve trade within African region by making our made-in Nigeria products readily available in the continent. Also, the four Exports Trade Houses (ETHs) presently in operations are not sufficient, more of such should be opened in some selected part of European, American, Southern African and Asia countries for easy market access.
Another important area that should be accorded high consideration is the Services in Export. Beside the entertainment industry where Nollywood and Kannywood are gaining momentum, other area of interest include sports, finance, Information Technology and Communication, transportation/logistics etc. All these areas are capable of raking in more foreign exchange if properly harnessed.
In conclusion, Dr. Yakusak’s leadership of the NEPC must be commended for initiating the Export for Survival. This dream must be sustained to move the country out of the present economic doldrums. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Usman Ahmadu Penta,
Katcha, Niger state.