The Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Barr. Pius Akutah has said that the Airfreight sector if properly harnessed has an immense potential to stimulate the nation’s economy. He stated this at the one-day airfreight stakeholder clinic on “The promotion of competition for Nigerian export” held in Lagos recently.
Barr. Akutah, who was represented at the occasion by the Deputy Director, Standard Services Division of the Council, Mrs. Hannah Adaba stated this in a presentation titled “Addressing the Challenges of Nigeria’s Export Rejection in International Market’’. He expressed optimism that the Airfreight Sector could support the much-needed export market to address over dependence on crude oil.
“Nigeria is blessed with abundant raw materials. But often times, these produces are rejected at international markets. It is necessary to know factors responsible for rejection of Nigeria’s exports at the international markets. ‘‘Therefore, the clinic is strategically packaged for deep insight into the disposing factors affecting Nigeria exports in foreign markets.
“I am very optimistic that the clinic will provide a veritable platform for the stakeholders to exchange ideas and experience on ways to mitigate the challenges of export rejection’’, he said.
In his welcome address, the Chairman, Airfreight Stakeholders’ Forum, Mr. Toyin Olufade called for a collective effort to address Nigeria’s export rejection at international markets, noting that the rejection is having negative impacts on the nation’s economy.
The Chief Trade Promotion Officer, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mrs. Florence Ofonedu’ also made a presentation titled’’ Ameliorating Incidences of Export Rejection: The Role of Nigerian Export Promotion Council”.
Ofonedu attributed the rejection of Nigeria’s export to lack of proper documentation, poor packaging and preservation.