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NEPC rejigs operations to meet FG’s Development Plan

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) is reviewing its operational activities to meet the needs of the exporting community, In line with the Federal Government’s Medium-Term Development Plan.

This is sequel to the performance recorded in the non-oil export sector in 2022 in which the sector recorded a significant result of US$ 4.820 billion for the year 2022, representing an increase of 39.91% over 2021.

The Executive Director of NEPC, Dr Ezra Yakusak made this known at the agency’s 2023 Work Plan Review and Validation Session in Abuja.

Dr Yakusak explained that the Session was targeted at aligning the Council’s operational activities with that of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.

According to him, Departments and outstation offices implemented projects at will without recourse to the Work plan and allocation of resources, noting that the practice has not only made tracking of projects difficult and unaccountable, but grossly affected the impact assessment of such projects, which do not align with set project implementation frameworks.

He said some of the projects were expected to have a direct bearing on exporters at the grassroots.

Writing by Victoria Chimezie; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor