The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Prince Ukpong Akpabio has assured Nigerian Export Promotion Council – NEPC of government deeper collaboration and partnership to promote export activities as well as make Non-Oil Export a significant index in the Nigerian economy.
Prince Akpabio, made this known when the Officials of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council -NEPC, led by the Deputy Director, Mrs Pauline Ndulaka visited him in his office yesterday at the State Ministry of Trade and Investment Head quarters, Uyo.
The Commissioner who greatly acknowledged the unique contribution of Exports in the nation’s Gross Domestic Product ( GDP) and its role in the state’s industrialization agenda, appreciated the Officials of NEPC for the visit and called for strategic partnership with the Agency to enhance Exports development as boosters to the state industrialization initiative.
The Akwa Ibom Investment boss, saw the industrialization drive of Governor Udom Emmanuel as the greatest feat that does not only diversify the state economy but equally stimulate export businesses.
He urged the Nigerian Export Promotion Council to sensitize and recommend the prevailing industries in Akwa Ibom as potential exporters to global markets and competitiveness to fully realize the industrialization dreams of the present administration.
Prince Akpabio who was responding to the NEPC’s actualization of its mandate of ‘One State One Product'(OSOP) Initiative, announced that Akwa Ibom state Government has already approved and keyed into ONE LGA – ONE PRODUCT CAMPAIGN.
He further identified the initiative as a mechanism to encourage 31 Local Government Areas of the state to promote local industry, enterprise and indigenous innovations.
The Commissioner said, there is no doubt that Akwa Ibom is not only blessed with abundant resources but an investment destination for teeming investors.
He enjoined the officials of NEPC to pay unscheduled visits to these industries during their working visit so that they can speak for the state while assuring them of the ministry’s co-operation and partnership.
Earlier, in her speech, the leader of the team and Deputy Director/Trade Promotion Adviser, Mrs Pauline Ndulaka(JP), intimated the Commissioner on the federal government intention to promote Trade and Investment in Nigeria and the need to synergize with his ministry to realize the diversification of the economy through Export Of Non – Oil Product.
NEPC Will Promote Non-Oil Exports in Akwa Ibom State
Mrs. Ndulaka explained that, Nigerian Export Promotion Council was established to promote Non – Oil Exports and to make it to be relevant to the nation’s economy and described Akwa Ibom as one of the States with major Export related industries in Nigeria that can boast of potential exporters.
The Council’s Trade Promotion Adviser, who was accompanied by the Director General/CEO of Association of Nigerian Exporters, Obong Joseph Idiong and Principal Trade Officer, Joannah Idiong, applauded the State Governor for his industrialization ingenuity and for setting the pace for industrial development in Nigeria.
The visit featured presentation of the Work Plan for the Development of One Local Government, One Product to the Honourable Commissioner.
In attendance were, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Investment, Mr. Oliver Udoukpo, Director of Industry, Mr. Michael Essien Ibanga and the Director of Commerce, represented by his deputy, Mrs. Iniobong Ntuk.