By Abdullahi TK
The Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) has launched Women and Youth Export Development Facility Programme WAYEF in Kebbi State.
The programme with the “theme” Unlocking Export Market Opportunities for Women and Youth was aimed at stimulating and increase deliberate funding to indigenous Women and Youths towards broadening Nigeria’s export basket and facilitating regional industrialization for value added exports.
In his key note address, the Managing Director NEXIM Bank, Alhaji Abba idris, said the objectives of the programme was to also improved access of women and Youth to concessionary finance in a bid to expand and diversify the non-oil export baskets
He added that, the programme will also help Women and Youth towards upscaling and expanding export operational capacities.
“you see we have to diversify and increase the contribution of non-oil export revenue and value added exports for sustainable economic development”.
According to him, Kebbi is the second State the agency is launching the programme after the National Launching in Abuja.
In a remarked, the Special Adviser to kebbi state Governor on Women Development, Hajiya Zahrau Wali thanked NEXIM Bank for launching the programme in Kebbi State, assuring them of their support and cooperation toward achieving the said objectives.
She appeal to the Management of the Bank to establish Women training Center on how to package products such as sheer butter, onions and rice amongst others in Kebbi State.
The Kebbi State Governor, Senator Atiku Bagudu, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the state, Alhaji Babale Umar Yauri, said that , the State Government was ready to support any agencies that is willing to elevate the suffering of the people in the state.
He explained that already the State Government has engaged alot of women and Youth most especially on agriculture empowerment scheme as well as other skills acquisition.