Lagos State Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Pharmacist (Mrs.) Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf has tasked owners of small and medium businesses to embrace the export platforms being created by the State Government to increase patronage for their products and services.

The Commissioner, who disclosed this at the Product Specific Workshop on Non-Oil Export held at Grand Ovation Event Centre Alimosho also revealed that the State Government is making frantic efforts to expand the reach of products and services of small business owners with a view to exporting their products to other countries across the globe.

She said the State Government is driven by the desire to build the State’s economy through economic empowerment of individuals and creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive through breaking limitations in non-oil export as a tool for revenue earning.

Akinbile-Yusuf urged entrepreneurs who still view export as a slippery slope to ignore their fears and leverage on the structure created by Lagos State government to build their capacity with a view to seeking external patronage for their products.

The Commissioner assured the participants that in line with its establishing mandate, the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment will continue to be an enabling institution that creates sustainable wealth for Lagos citizens and also develop the capacity of entrepreneurs with potentials to become export champions.

She bemoaned the nation’s over-reliance on oil, stressing that “oil is not our messiah and waiting for its price to rebound in the international market is a recipe for disaster”.

She added that the exposure of the entrepreneurs to the export market would increase the employment and wealth creation drive of the State Government, urging the entrepreneurs to leverage on the viability of the social media platforms to boost sales and patronage for their businesses.

Also speaking at the event, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs. Temiwunmi Tope-Banjoko, said that the event is meant to build the capacity of entrepreneurs to develop an interest in export, adding that the present situation of businesses across the world demands that entrepreneurs should begin to think outside the box and explore new frontiers for their businesses.  

“As businessmen and women operating in Lagos do not imply that you restrict or limit your operations to Lagos alone, take advantage of other States across the country and from there, you will gradually expand to some African countries and gain a global brand for your products”, Tope-Banjoko stated.

She also harped the importance of registration with the appropriate regulating arms of the government like the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and Corporate Affairs Commission among others.

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