[su_dropcap]A[/su_dropcap] trade professional and Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Koinonia Ventures Limited, Mr. Olufemi Boyede, has said Nigeria needs to begin to explore its over 5,000 exportable products.
He stated this in Lagos during a press conference to announce a one-day workshop on non-oil export.
Boyede said that the country’s quest to diversify its economy could only be achieved if the government would create the enabling environment.
He said, “The 5,000 products I am talking about are not my invention. It is the result of a research carried out by the Nigeria Export Promotion Council about 10 years ago.”
“Under its new zero oil plan, the NEPC had enumerated 21 products, which it believes, if adequately developed and promoted, can immediately replace oil as Nigeria’s leading revenue.”
Boyede, who is also President, Koinonia Global Services Inc, Canada, said Nigeria should be looking at its processed fruits and vegetables, its entertainment industry, the handicraft sector and the manufactured products for the ECOWAS market.
On the workshop, he said, “Our aim is to develop Nigeria’s export industry by helping to prepare desiring entrepreneurs with the requisite knowledge of exporting. We at the KVL see exporting from three sides: the supply side, the finance side and the market side. The March workshop will address all these sides and deliver to participants all they need to know about exporting.”
He said the workshop would have in attendance one of the world’s top consultants on quality issues, Prof Ken Ife, coming to deliver a hands-on guide on international trade compliance issues.