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LAGOS COMMISSIONER URGES LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS TO EMBRACE EXPORT

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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