By Elizabeth – Makurdi
Women in Export in Benue State have been enjoined to take advantage of the fifty billion naira Export Development Fund to improve and grow their businesses for export.
Executive Director Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Mr Olusegun Awolowo gave the charge at a Forum for Women in Export Trade in Makurdi.
Represented by the State Trade Officer, Mr Ben Anani, Mr Awolowo said the Federal Government Export expansion facility programme was aimed at supporting women entrepreneurs to strengthen the competitiveness of women owned business for greater participation in International Trade.
The NEPC Executive Director urged the women to ensure they meet the criteria for benefitting from the funds which include registering their companies with the Corporate Affairs Commission, the NEPC and developing a marketing plan.
Benue State Focal Person, National Committee on Export Promotion, Professor Simon Irtwange charged the National Assembly to hasten work on the repeal of Export Prohibition Law of nineteen eighty-nine to pave the way for export of non-oil commodities such as yam, maize, sorghum and cassava including its derivative to boost food export and increase the countries IGR.
Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Tabatha Igirgir who was represented by Mrs Magdalene Andor described Benue Women as hardworking and resilient and urged them to key into export opportunities to boost trade and economy.
A Resource Persons, Mrs Dina Angou and Oryiman Alu stressed the importance of leveraging on E-commerce to create a global presence for better production.
Some of the participants, Mrs Felicia Obeka and Mnena Ato challenged relevant agencies to make the process for export less cumbersome for women in trade while loan facilities should be de-politicized to ensure fair and equitable access by traders.