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NEPC trains newly registered exporters on rudiments of export business in Imo



NEPC trains newly registered exporters on rudiments of export business in Imo


The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) on Wednesday trained newly registered exporters in Imo on rudiments of export business.

The Executive Director of the NEPC, Dr Ezra Yakusak, who spoke at a workshop for newly registered exporters in Owerri said the clinic was aimed at equipping the new registrants with requisite knowledge of export.

He spoke on the theme: “Understanding the Rudiments of Non Oil Exports Business for Increased Participation at the Global Market”.

Yakusak, represented by NEPC’s Coordinator in Imo, Mr Anthony Ajuruchi, said the council was readily available to provide necessary guide for exporters in marketing their products and accessing interventions from financial institutions.

“There are incentives in the form of free mentorship for requisite knowledge of the export market and access to incentives from banks and other financial institutions.

“As registered exporters , you must acquaint yourselves with the physical, psychic, monetary and cultural standards.

“In the light of present economic conditions, we must think away from oil and redouble our efforts to grow our economy, make it reliable and restate our presence in the global market,” he said.

A resource person, Mrs Olivia Ukaegbu, said the training was in line with NEPC’s vision to make the world a market place for Nigeria’s non oil products through diversification of the productive base of the country’s economy away from oil.

Another resource person, Mrs Mercy Edili said the NEPC provides market entry assistance, organizes outgoing trade missions and capacity building of exporters as well as conducts market research and provides advice on methods of accessing international markets.

Mr Bishop Chukwu of Zenith Bank, said the bank provided incentives for duly registered exporters who meet the bank’s terms and conditions.

An exporter , Mr Chris Nnanna, the Chief Executive Officer of Chrinna International, a fish processing and exporting company, thanked the NEPC for the training and pledged to utilise the gains.


Also, Queeneth Akubueze, a student foodstuffs exporter, thanked the organizers for the wealth of knowledge made available at the workshop and promised to redouble her efforts in in the export business.


Woman killed while crossing road in Anambra




The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Anambra State Sector Command, has confirmed the death of a woman in an accident at Okpoko Market on the Asaba-Onitsha Road.

The Sector Commander, Mr Adeoye Irelewuyi, who confirmed the accident to journalists in Awka on Thursday, said that the woman was hit while she was crossing the road.

He said that the accident, which occurred on Wednesday, involved a commercial tow truck with registration number XA550BMA.

“Eyewitness report reaching us indicates that the truck was towing a vehicle in an uncontrollable speed along the axis.


“The vehicle that was being towed got detached from the tow truck.

“It hit and killed a female adult, who was said to be crossing the road, while the tow truck continued its movement.

“FRSC rescue team came to the scene and took the woman to Toronto Hospital, Onitsha, where she was confirmed dead and her body deposited at the hospital’s mortuary,” he said.

While sympathising with the family of the dead, the sector commander urged motorists, especially tow truck drivers, to exercise a high level of professionalism.

He also urged the drivers to always use standard equipment and avoid speeding.

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LASG’s maize palliative impactful, says poultry association chair





The Chairman, Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Lagos State Chapter, Mr Mojeed Iyiola, said the state government’s maize palliative to members of the association made a positive impact on the sector.

Iyiola said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.

“We received about 150,000 tons of maize in February from the Lagos State government as palliative to cushion the effect of high feed prices.

“The major benefit of the palliative is that it actually cushioned the cost of production for most poultry farmers in the state.

“The palliative was beneficial as it made the cost of some poultry produce, especially eggs to drop,” Iyiola said.

He noted that prior to the palliative, a crate of egg was sold between N3,500 and N3,700 at the farm gate, but after the palliative, it now sells between N3,200 and N3,400.

According to the PAN chair, retailers and middlemen who sell from N3,800 to N4,200 do that for their personal gain.


“We have urged our members to sell their eggs at reasonable prices following the receipt of the palliative from the government.

“We appreciate the Lagos State government for the palliative but we also urge the federal government to do likewise, to further reduce the cost of production in the sector.

“This will consequently lead to drop in the prices of all poultry produce across board,” he said.

He said the palliative was shared among financial members of the association at no extra cost.

“As an association we shared the grains equally across PAN’s eight zones in the state equally. We also mandated each zone not the sell even a grain of the maize.

“We, however, considered new poultry farmers who wanted to the join the association as beneficiaries of the palliative,” said Iyiola.

He noted that through the palliative, more poultry farmers were recruited into the association.

“The maize was shared only to poultry farmers and not feed millers, it is the major component of poultry feed formulation,” he said.

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