Segun Awolowo, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), says the Federal Government was committed to increasing the total value and volume of non-oil exports.

Awolowo, represented by Christian Elekwa, NEPC North-Central Regional Coordinator, said this on Thursday in Minna at a sensitisation workshop on the implementation of the SheTrades Commonwealth Project in Nigeria.

According to Awolowo, the present economic realities in the country had made it necessary to diversify the economy from its sole dependence on oil.

He said that the NEPC was focused on providing support services to exporters in the value chain of game-changing products such as cashew, cassava, Shea butter, sesame seeds, yam and palm oil.

“NEPC is repositioned and strategically focused to provide the needed export support services to all exporters and operators in the value chain of those game-changing products like cashew, cassava and Shea butter.

“The zero-oil plan and the one state product strategy already incorporated in the National Economic Recovery and Growth Plan are geared towards creating employment for our youths.”

“They are also targeted at boosting Nigeria’s foreign exchange. Our offices are always open to assist and collaborate with all stakeholders in this regard,’’ he said.

The NEPC boss said that the SheTrades initiative was aimed at connecting 200,000 Nigeria women-owned businesses to the global market.

“The SheTrades initiative aims at increasing economic growth and job creation in Commonwealth countries by enabling increased participation of women-owned businesses in international trade.

“You will recall that in July 2016, the International Trade Centre (ITC) launched the Nigeria Chapter of the SheTrades initiative in Abuja.

“Nigeria signed up to the ITC’s “Call to Action’’ aimed at connecting 200,000 Nigeria women-owned businesses to the global market at the inauguration of the initiative.

“This is part of the broader United Nations’ goal of connecting one million women to the market by 2020,’’ he said.

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