NEPC urges Nigerians to invest massively in non-oil export to fix foreign exchange
For the country's economic survival, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has recommended Nigerians to focus more on non-oil exports.
The charge was given by Ezra Yakusak, the Executive Director of NEPC, during a visit to the council's regional headquarters in Jos on Monday.
Yakusak, who had underlined the need to revive the country's shrinking economy, urged the public to focus more on non-oil exports as a means of doing so.
“Early this year, NEPC launched a campaign called export for survival and the campaign is a clarion call to all Nigerians.
“To invest massively in non-oil export as a means to survive.
“If you want Nigeria to change if you want Nigeria to survive. If you want to see this country economically viable.
“We have to embark on non-oil export. That’s the only way we can get our foreign exchange.
“That’s the only way we can generate employment. That’s the only way we can develop our industries.
“That’s the only way we can make Nigeria economically great again. Export for survival” he said.
While reiterating on the importance of value chain development in Plateau regarding its “One state, one product” initiative, Yakusak sympathized with potato farmers over the recent potato blight disease which had ravaged farms and left farmers with immense losses.
He urged them to adopt good agricultural practices which when applied will prevent future occurrences of the disease’s outbreak.
“You know most of these cases experienced are because of the lack of good agricultural practices.
“We call it GAP and our regional office here has been doing good agricultural practices.
“There are basic forms of agriculture practices that we need to practice, which when done most of these cases will be completely eliminated.
“So, we go on capacity building for these farmers, and that’s what we are doing” he said.
He called on all stakeholders in the potato business within the state to join hands with NEPC for the necessary support and trainings they will require.
Newsmen report that the “One state, One product ” initiative is part of the federal government’s efforts to boost export and diversify the economy.
NAN also reports that the Irish Potato is Plateau’s ‘One state, one product.