NIGERIA Export Promotion Council, NEPC, has disclosed its preparedness to encourage local entrepreneurs to boost the production of leather foot wears for export and local consumption.
NEPC controller in Benue State, Emmanuel Etim who disclosed this during a one day sensitisation worksop in Otukpo at the weekend said the Council was determined to provide a platform to equip emerging entrepreneurs who possess modern skills in leather products to meet increasing demand.
He also disclosed that the Comfort Facility Centre in Otukpo has produced 25 qualified shoe and leather products, manufacturers trained by the Nigerian Institute of Leather Science and Technology, Zaria.
The NEPC boss, however, lamented that the centre was yet to achieve the desired goals as a key player in the leather business.
Etim attributed the failure to achieve set goals to lack of operational funds for graduates from the centre hence the decision to interface with financial institutions.
NEPC consultant, Sir Femi Ajijala in a lead paper presented said the seminar will avail participants unprecedented opportunity that will galvanise the growth of their business.
Ajijala in his paper titled “Accessing Finance for Commercial Production of Leather Products” said the consistent enlightenment by NEPC towards export will boost non oil revenue, stressing that leather products remains one of those with high level export potential.
On his part, manager of Fidelity Bank, Benue State University branch, Franklin Adamu, assured emerging entrepreneurs and other SMEs of funds.
Chairman of Cobblers Association in Otukpo, Ogwuche John, whomalso spoke at the occasion expressed gratitude to NEPC and Fidelity Bank for organizing the workshop to educate members of the association and assured to put to use what’re they have learnt.