Sanusi urges ex­port of more pro­cessed goods

Weekly Trust - - News - Mo­hammed Shosanya, La­gos

The Emir of Kano, Al­haji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II, has urged Nige­rian ex­porters to fo­cus on the ex­por­ta­tion of pro­cessed prod­ucts which would add value to their busi­nesses.

He was quoted in a state­ment as say­ing this in Kano at the 4th Cus­tomers Fo­rum of First City Mon­u­ment Bank, (FCMB), where he em­pha­sized the need for Nige­rian ex­porters to re­alise that the era of ex­port­ing raw agri­cul­tural and other pri­mary prod­ucts is gone.

For Nige­ria to achieve the re­quired mileage and ben­e­fits in in­ter­na­tional trade, the monarch said the coun­try must re­di­rect her ef­forts on pro­cess­ing fin­ished prod­ucts and ex­port them to earn more rev­enue.

The for­mer Gov­er­nor of Cen­tral Bank of Nige­ria, (CBN), com­mended FCMB for or­gan­is­ing the fo­rum in Kano, while urg­ing ex­porters in the state to take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity to take their busi­nesses to the next level.

The Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the Nige­rian Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Coun­cil, (NEPC), Mr. Se­gun Awolowo, rep­re­sented by the Regional Co­or­di­na­tor, North­West, Al­haji Ab­dul­lahi Mam­man, stated that, “the NEPC’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with FCMB will play an im­por­tant role in de­liv­er­ing the Zero-oil plan strat­egy and mak­ing the non-oil ex­port sec­tor a sig­nif­i­cant con­trib­u­tor to for­eign ex­change earn­ings.”

Ac­cord­ing to him, the fo­cus is to make the world a mar­ket place for Nige­rian non-oil prod­ucts and grow non-oil ex­ports to $25bil­lion by 2025.

The Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Busi­ness Devel­op­ment of FCMB, Mr. Adam Nuru, said it is one of the var­i­ous ini­tia­tives of the bank to build the ca­pac­ity and sup­port cus­tomers to im­prove their busi­nesses.

The Nige­rian Bot­tling Com­pany Lim­ited has awarded nine dis­tri­bu­tion trucks to its trade part­ners in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Speak­ing at the pre­sen­ta­tion of the trucks, Com­mer­cial Ex­cel­lence Di­rec­tor of the com­pany, Ken­neth Ka­mulegeya, said the em­pow­er­ment of the

Skye Bank Plc web­site has been recog­nised as one of the most im­proved ac­cord­ing to the lat­est rat­ings by Web Jurist, pow­ered by Philips Con­sult­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­sults, the bank’s web­site recorded first in Per­for­mance and Ac­ces­si­bil­ity cat­e­gory and third po­si­tion in tech­ni­cal ef­fi­ciency.

Web Jurist per­for­mance pa­ram­e­ter eval­u­ates the over­all per­for­mance of web­sites in dis­trib­u­tors was nec­es­sary to sup­port mu­tual growth and mar­ket devel­op­ment.

Also speak­ing, Le­gal Pub­lic Af­fairs and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Di­rec­tor, Mrs. Sade Mor­gan, urged dis­tri­bu­tion part­ners to re­main dili­gent and live up to the ex­pec­ta­tion of de­vel­op­ing and grow­ing sus­tain­able busi­nesses, while max­i­miz­ing the use of the trade as­sets be­ing awarded.

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Act­ing Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo (right) with mem­bers of the re­cently con­sti­tuted Task Force on Food Se­cu­rity dur­ing their in­au­gu­ral meet­ing at the State House in Abuja yes­ter­day

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