Crusoe Osagie

A Certified International Trade Professional and Managing Director/CEO Koinonia Ventures Limited, Mr. Olufemi Boyede, has observed that Nigeria’s quest to diversify her economy is a feat that can be achieved in no distant time if government creates the enabling environment.

He made this observation during a press conference in Lagos announcing a one-day workshop on non-oil export billed for Sheraton Hotel, Lagos on March 16.

Boyede who has been a great player in the non-oil export industry for close to three decades said what the country needs to do is to begin to explore the over 5000 exportable products in its kitty.

According to him, “the 5000 products I am talking about is not my invention. It is the result of a research carried out by Nigeria Export Promotion Council about 10 years ago.”

He said the council recently under its new zero oil plan, had also enumerated 21 products, which it believes if adequately developed and promoted can immediately replace oil as Nigeria’s leading revenue.

Boyede who is also the President, Koinonia Global Services Inc., Canada said Nigeria should be looking at its processed fruits and vegetables, its entertainment industry, the handicraft sector and the manufactured products for the ECOWAS market.

He noted also that the solid mineral sector if given the needed attention can solely replace oil as Nigeria’s foreign exchange earner adding also that the service industry in Nigeria is a huge potential for the global market if adequately explored.

On the non-oil export workshop he said: “Our aim is to develop Nigeria export industry by helping to prepare desiring entrepreneurs with the requisite knowledge of exporting. “We at KVL see exporting from three sides: The supply side, the finance side and the market side. The March workshop will address all these sides and deliver to participants all they need to know about exporting.

He said the workshop will have in attendance one of the world’s top consultants on quality issues, Prof Ken Ife coming to deliver a hands on guide on international trade compliance issues.

Boyede disclosed further that the office of the trade representative of the European Union would be represented at the workshop along with other stakeholders.