The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) says it will give 80 youths free training to equip them with the knowledge of export procedures to boost non-oil exports in the country.
NEPC’s Regional Coordinator, Mr Babatunde Faleke, disclosed this in Lagos on Thursday.
Faleke, who said the programme was targeted at youths in Lagos, explained that the lack of knowledge of export procedures had greatly limited the volume of non-oil exports from Nigeria.
He said the training programme will be tagged: ‘’Zero to Export’’.
According to him, the Zero to Export programme is a capacity programme that is a practical mentorship programme, designed for youths who have passion and funds to export but don’t know how to go about it.
“It is an eight week programme where people would be taught on the rudiments of export.
“The processes will involve the documentation, procedure, sourcing of products and everything that has to do with export.
“The problem we are trying to address is that most people come to our office and register as exporters.
“We discovered that the level of registration is high; people just register for the sake of registration without having the deep knowledge.” He said.
Faleke said that the council developed the programme to make sure it takes them through, using people that have exported and sharing experiences on how to go about it.
He said NEPC is partnering with Fidelity Bank, and that the targets are those who registered with the council and are not exporting.
“We already have 80 participants registered with us; it will be a quarterly programme.” He added.
Faleke said that the programme was the fifth in the series being organised by the council, but the first to be held in the South-West beginning with Lagos.