– Nigerian has for long been described as an importing and consuming nation
– Overtime, Nigerian goods have been banned from entering foreign countries
– The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has revealed why
The NEPC has revealed why Nigerian goods are not accepted in many foreign countries, Vanguard reports. This submission was made by the Executive Director of NEPC, Mr Olusegun Awolowo, in Port Harcourt, Rivers state yesterday, July 21.
CEO of NEPC, Mr Olusegun Awolowo Awolowo spoke through Mr Mike Nworgu, the regional coordinator of the NEPC at a one-day export workshop organised by the South-South Regional Office of the council. According to him, poor packaging and labeling of goods produced in Nigeria was the reason some countries banned their importation. He however informed his audience that NEPC was taking all necessary steps to ensure that goods produced in Nigerian were properly packaged to allow for easy export.
His words: “Part of the strategies is to ensure suitable packaging and labelling of products. Sadly, the importance of packaging and labelling are sometimes subverted, leading to export rejects and outright ban of Nigerian products in some instances.”
Meanwhile, tension is brewing in the NEPC as some aggrieved staff of the agency are protesting the alleged lopsidedness in the promotion exercise conducted last year.
Eighty (80) members of the NEPC were promoted in the exercise conducted by the Centre for Management Development (COMMAND), but the exercise was described as flawed. The protesting staff say the CEO of the NEPC, Olusegun Awolowo, favoured those from his region, especially those in the directorate cadre.