AS part of its man-date of promoting the non-oil export from Nigeria the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has commenced capacity building workshop for chairmen and secretaries of State Committees on Export Promotion (SCEP).
The Lagos zone of the workshop which drew participants from Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Edo, Ekiti, Ondo, Delta and Kwara states was organised for principal secretaries and selected senior officials.
The workshop, coming agaiinst the support of the Federal Government’s commitment to address the problem of rising youth unemployment and widespread poverty, the NEPC has decided to launch a vigorous export programme which is designed to engage all states of the federation to develop the vast export potentials in the non-oil sector to generate foreign exchange, create job opportunities and contribute to poverty reduction.
Through series of projects, the programme is expected to be launched.For a start, the export agency began with staff development workshops for capacity building in project management (covering project formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation).
The NEPC has decided to share the project management capacity building with the State Committees on Export because it contemplates to engage the states extensively in project work.
The workshop, which also held in Port Harcourt and Kano zones ended yesterday with plans in the pipeline to engage the states to invigorate in implementation of the strategy using a series of projects as a vehicle for the purpose.
Declaring the workshop opened, an Assistant Director of NEPC, Mrs. Evelyn Obidike, who represented the Area Controller/Director, Lagos Area Office, Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim, said the workshop, cut across the 36 states, including Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and that the export agency had a lot of expectations from the states because according to her, “the state permanent secretaries of commerce and industry are the chairmen of each SCEP in the states.
She told the participants to take the workshop seriously because they were in the best position to energise non-oil export, informing that the NEPC, “ is only a facilitation agency.