The Youth Committee on Mobilization and Outreach (CYMS) has reaffirmed its commitment to work with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) to promote zero oil export and encourage entrepreneurship in the country.
The Managing Director of CYMS, Mr. Obinna Nwaka, said so when he led members of his team on a courtesy visit to the Executive Director and CEO of NEPC in Abuja.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the team members include Tonto Dikeh, Director of Social Affairs and Empowerment of CYMS and Malam Shamsudeen Haruna, Director of Planning and Strategy, among others.
Nwaka said the purpose of the visit is to seek more partnership with the council to identify and engage young entrepreneurs as well as raise awareness on the need to shift their focus away from oil export.
He said it was important to project the creativities and productivity of Nigerian youth to the world in order to gain patronage for their Made-in-Nigeria products and services.
He added that the idea was to encourage economic diversification activities from overreliance on oil towards the manufacturing, production and export of non-oil products to accelerate economic growth.
According to him, their promotion will reduce unemployment and unrest among young people.
“We are here to let you know about our upcoming National Conference, Trade Show taking place in July in Houston, USA. and the need for partnership with the board.
“We want the council to be part of our programs to encourage young Nigerians on the importance of zero oil export.
“Awareness of zero oil export is very important, especially in the south-south and south-east part of the country where most of their natives are involved in illegal oil activities which have recently led to risks of that burned more than 200 people in Imo.
“We would like to be part of policy making, policy implementation, so that young people can be part of your activities,” he said.
For his part, Dr. Ezra Yakusak, Executive Director of NEPC, appreciated the group’s visit and assured them of the council’s willingness to partner with the group.
Yakusak, represented by Mrs. Estelle Igwe, Director of National Export Office, NEPC, tasked the group to help sensitize Nigerian youths and entrepreneurs on the activities of the council.