From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Determined to revamp the state’s ailing economy, Delta State government said it has taken steps as part of its strategies to shop for 3,000 exporters as major boost.
Executive Assistant to the state Governor on Export Initiative/ UNIDO Centre, Mrs Shimite Bello who confirmed this to journalists in Asaba on Wednesday, said that the efforts were aimed at ensuring that some of the products wherein the state had some comparative advantage were exported beyond the shares of the country, adding that the process would not only give the state its pride in terms of its production capacity in the international market but that it would also help in enhancing the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) profile of the state.
Bello explained that the 3,000 exporters would cut across different strata of the state including people living with disabilities ( PLWDs), adding that, to drive the process, the state government in partnership with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council ( NEPC) had inaugurated Export Cluster where about 50 Exports had been identified with 30 of them Currently identified as Performing Exporters.
She listed some of the Identified export products, where in the state Currently had Comparative advantage to include: Palm Produce Kernel, Oil, Aquaculture- Sea food, Vegetable, Rubber, Charocal , adding that others include: Fashion Leatherworks and Akwa Ochan, among others Just as she noted that on Solid Minerals, although the is rich with high deposits of Kaolin, but that it was yet to identify viable trade for it in the state.