The Lagos State Commission for Wealth Creation and Employment, has tasked owners of Medium Small Micro businesses MSME's to embrace the exporting platforms created for them by the state government to increase patronage for their products and services across the state.
The Commissioner, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf who stated this at the Product Specific Workshop on Non-Oil Export held in Alimosho area of Lagos, said that the State Government was making frantic efforts to expand the reach of products and services of MSME's with a view to exporting their products to other countries across the globe.
She said that as the state government is driven by the desire to build the state economy through economic empowerment of individuals and creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive, breaking limitations in non-oil export remains a veritable tool to achieving this lofty goal.
Akinbile-Yusuf urged entrepreneurs who still view export as a slippery slope, to ignore their fears and leverage on the structure created by Lagos State government to build their capacity with a view to seeking external patronage for your products.
The Commissioner assured that in line with its establishing mandate, the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment will continue to be an enabling institution that creates sustainable wealth for Lagos citizens and also develop the capacity of entrepreneurs with potentials to become export champions.
She bemoaned the long-age over-reliance on oil, stressing that oil is not our messiah and waiting for its price to rebound in the international market is a recipe for disaster.
The Commissioner said that the exposure of the entrepreneurs to the exportation of their goods would increase employment and wealth creation drive of the State Government, urging the entrepreneurs to leverage on the viability of the social media platforms to boost sales and patronage for their businesses.
Also speaking at the event, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs. Temiwunmi Tope-Banjoko, said that the event was meant to build the capacity of entrepreneurs to develop an interest in goods and products exportation.
As businessmen and women operating in Lagos does not imply that you restrict or limit your operations to Lagos alone, take advantage of other States across the country and from there, you will gradually expand to some Africa countries and gain a global brand for your products, Tope-Banjoko said.
She explained that the present situation of businesses across the world demands that entrepreneurs should begin to think outside the box and explore new frontiers for their businesses.
She also harped on registration with the appropriate regulating arm of the government like the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Corporate Affairs Commission among others.
The facilitator at the event who is also the principal Consultant of Wiseplanne Consulting Ltd, Mr. Sam Omole, emphasized the need for local business owners desirous of exporting their goods to foreign consumers to follow due processes in positioning their products and making them export-worthy.
Speaking on why most Nigerian products did not meet export requirements, the facilitator stated that most business owners do not pay attention to necessary details, they don't follow due processes and structure and they did not have their businesses registered.
He said that lack of appropriate information about who the consumers of products were and other relevant information had limited the chances of exporting most of Nigerian products.
Source: Voice of Nigeria