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The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) took the initiative on Friday to enlighten National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members in Imo about the gains of personal growth through non-oil exports.
According to The Eastern Updates, the event was held at the Imo NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Eziama Obaire, Nkwerre Local Government Area.
In a speech, the state NEPC Coordinator, Mr Anthony Ajuruchi, said the exercise was part of the council’s “Exports for Survival” campaign, designed to grow awareness about the gains of non-oil exports for economic growth”.
Acknowledging the limited employment opportunities in the country, he emphasized the necessity for serving corps members to meticulously plan for their post-NYSC survival. This, he asserted, justified the need for the program.
He asserted that young individuals embracing exports possess the potential for self-reliance and can contribute significantly to society by playing a role in Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth.
Ajuruchi advised corps members to kickstart their endeavors with easily accessible products found in their local environment but exhibiting a substantial demand on the global stage.
‘We’re here to expose you to the opportunities available in non-oil exports and encourage you to consider exports as a viable option during and after your service year.’
‘As young persons, you possess immense potential and the ability to contribute significantly to the nation’s entrepreneurial and economic development.’
‘You must, therefore, seize the opportunities available, beginning with accessible products in your immediate environment,’ Ajuruchi said.
Participant Ogechi Abayomi, aager to broaden her understanding, stated she wished to learn more about the non-oil export sector and the possibilities it opens up.