Oyo seeks NEPC collaboration on food production, exportation



Chinazor Megbolu

The Oyo State government is seeking to collaborate with the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) on food production and exportation.

The Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde said this during a courtesy visit by the NEPC team led by the Executive Director, Nigeria Export Promotion Council, Chief Olusegun Awolowo to his office.
He  added that his administration would do so towards boosting capacity building in a bid to meet the global standard in exportation.
Makinde, who was represented by the Secretary to the State government, Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun noted that the State government had moved from small scale farming to agri-business.
He pointed out that the State has built many roads that lead to the rural areas to make life bearable for farmers that want to transport their farm produce from the farm to the market.
Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Economic Affairs, Professor, Musbau Babatunde said the State government is already constructing processing plants for preservation of the produce and also promised to create enabling environment for private businesses to thrive in Oyo State.
He said that the government agencies are training women and youths on shea butter production at Akufo, Eruwa and Fashola Farm estates.
Moreover, the Executive Director, NEPC, Chief Olusegun Awolowo, however, urged the State Government to partner with the Commission on its ‘Safe Job, Create Job’ initiative.
He stated that the NEPC would also partner with the State government to modernise Okerete border market for the benefit of the citizens of the State.

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