Osun State Government has stressed the need for private individuals across the county to join hands with government at all levels to urgently move the nation’s economy to an enviable level by boosting non-oil export.
Mr. Ismail Adekunle Jayeoba Alagbada, the state Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Co-operatives, gave the charged while giving report at a seminar organised by National Export Promotion Council (NEPC) on Osun State committee.
Jayeoba Alagbada who represented Osun State Committee on Export Promotion stated that promotion of Nigerian product is germane to the growth of the nation’s economy.
He explained that the government at the centre was ready to assist whoever is ready to collaborate with the government through the National Export Promotion Council.
The commissioner spoke further that at present, there was serious need for the country to move to a non-oil export economy, noting that over 70 percent of all what Nigeria use today comes from China alone.
He stressed that the phenomenon does not help the nation’s economy to grow.
He said, “The urgent need to move the nation’s economy to an enviable level using non-oil export economy as a pivot necessitates Federal Government’s resolve to direct NEPC to create State Committee on Export Promotion (SCEP) in all the 36 states of the Federation.”
Alagbada who observed that Osun has plantain and palm oil among others in abundance, however, lamented that the processing methods, packaging and preservation are not internationally acceptable.
Speaking earlier, Mr. Sunday Ajayi, the NEPC Trade Promotion Advisor for Osun State, disclosed that in line with NEPC directive, Osun SCEP had identified palm oil as well as plantain from which “Dodo Ikire” and plantain flour could be produced both for export and local consumption as the state has comparative advantage in them.
Ajayi also expressed the need for SCEP to bring off-takers on board such as exporters and the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) since the products identified for the state are agricultural products.