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Nigeria records $2.5bn non-oil exports proceeds in 6 months – NEPC

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Nigeria records $2.5bn non-oil exports proceeds in 6 months – NEPC

 

(Photo: Organisers and participants at a one-day workshop for new exporters organised by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) in Owerri, on Wednesday)

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) says the country generated 2.5 billion dollars from January to June from non-oil exports.

Executive Director of the NEPC, Dr Ezra Yakusak said this at a one-day workshop for emerging exporters, on Wednesday in Owerri.

Yakusak, represented by the NEPC’s State Coordinator in Imo, Mr Anthony Ajuruchi, said with the revenue milestone reached, the council could hope to surpass its year 2022 revenue of 4.8 billion dollars by the end of 2023.

Speaking on the theme: “New Exporters; Panacea for Non-Oil Exports Growth,” Yakusak advised newly registered exporters to learn from their experienced counterparts.

He urged successful exporters to share their experiences with new exporters so as to increase the number of players in non-oil exports business in Imo and grow the economy of the state and Nigeria at large.

“This workshop is aimed at building the morale of new exporters when they learn from existing, successful exporters so that we can increase the number of exporters in the state and Nigeria by extension.

“The more people venture into the exports business, the more revenue for the state and the more growth of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and hopefully we will surpass the gains of the previous year,” he said.

The Chief Executive Officer of Ivyl Foods, Mrs Lilian Moses-Okoro, said she had successfully exported her products to Canada, USA and the UK.

She advised the new exporters not to relent in their efforts to grow their products and to register their businesses with the NEPC so as to improve their brands and gain access to business intervention opportunities in the future.

Also, Adeola Ilechukwu of Cannif Trust Ltd., said according to statistics released by the Nigeria Catfish Association in year 2021, the country was exporting 100 metric tons of catfish annually but had gradually begun to decline.

She urged exporters to seek ways to surmount their challenges, adding that the future of Nigeria’s economy depended largely on non-oil exports.

 

Over 100 new exporters in Imo attended the workshop.

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Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt

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Some unknown gunmen have kidnapped Joshua Rogers, the ChannelsTV reporter in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Politics Nigeria learnt that Rogers was picked up close to his residence at Rumuosi in Port Harcourt and to an unknown destination by the gunmen around 9pm on Thursday, April 11.

The reporter was driving his official ChannelsTV branded car when the hoodlums accosted, pointed a gun at him and took him away in the same vehicle.

 

Rogers was said to be returning from his official assignment in Government House after a trip to Andoni for a government event when the incident happened.

Already, the gunmen were said to have contacted his wife and demanded a N30million ransom for bis release.

His cameraman confirmed the incident and appealed to his abductors to set him free unconditionally.

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Lassa Fever Kills 150 In Nigeria — NCDC

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According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), 150 people died from Lassa virus in 125 local government areas throughout 27 states in the federation between January and March 2024.

The NCDC reported that the deaths were recorded with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 18.6% overall from week one to week thirteen, 2024. This is higher than the CFR for the same time in 2023 (17.5%).

In its Lassa Fever Situation Report Epi Week 13, which was released on March 25–31, 2024, the agency revealed that 806 of the 5,295 suspected cases that were recorded were confirmed. Eyes Of Lagos reports,

According to the report, in week 13, the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 25 in Epi week 12, 2024 to 15. These cases were reported in Ondo, Bauchi, Plateau and Edo states.

 

In total for 2024, 27 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 125 LGAs, even as 62 percent of all confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi states, while 38 percent of cases were reported from 24 states with confirmed Lassa fever cases.

Of the 62 percent confirmed cases, the NCDC said Ondo reported 24 percent, Edo 22 percent, and Bauchi 16 percent. The predominant age group affected is 31-40 years (Range: 1 to 98 years, Median Age: 32years), with a male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases of 1:1.

From the report, the number of suspected cases (5,295) increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2023 (4,338).

The agency confirmed that the National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Incident Management System has been activated to coordinate response at all levels at the Emergency Operations Centre, EOC.

No new healthcare worker was affected in the reporting week 13, the report noted.

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