NEPC, Zeenab empower youths in commodities’ export


Ezra Yakusak

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council in collaboration with Zeenab Foods Limited, on Friday, announced the launch of the Nigerian Exporters Hub platform and the Youth for Export Programme.

Partners in the deal stated that the YEP served as a catalyst for empowering Nigerian youths to become export champions by equipping them with the essential knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the competitive global market.

A statement issued in Abuja by Zeenab Foods, stated that the inauguration of the exporters hub platform took place at the NEPC Export House in the Federal Capital Territory.

“Through the NEXHUB platform, the trade gaps between Nigeria, China, and other far east countries will be bridged,” the statement read in part.

The Executive Director, NEPC, Ezra Yakusak, outlined some challenges faced by exporters to include lack of technical support, limited access to finance, among others, adding that the export hub platform would help mitigate these issues.

He said the YEP programme would provide comprehensive training on export processes and market research.

He stated that Zeenab Foods Limited, through NEXHUB, was set to offer valuable mentorship and market access to empower youths to venture into the export business.

The Managing Director, Zeenab Foods Limited, Victor Ayemere, encouraged all stakeholders to embrace export opportunities through NEXHUB, assuring them that the NEPC would provide training, while NEXIM Bank would facilitate loans through their Women and Youth Export Facility.

He said the facility would empower beneficiaries to become successful export champions, as he encouraged stakeholders to embrace export to contribute significantly to the economic growth and development of the country.

The statement stated that at the event, dollar cheques were presented to groups of corps members who had participated in the NEXHUB handholding export exercises conducted across various states.

Senior officials of the National Youth Service Corps, representatives from the Nigerian Export-Import Bank, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, National Directorate of Employment, among others, attended the event.

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