NAHCO ware house. Photo: Business Traffic.
Stakeholders in the handling of export and import business in the Aviation sector are currently in talks to build a packaging factory at the Lagos airport for the packaging of agricultural produce and other goods for export.
This is just as the government is making plans to commence what is called Domestic Warehousing facility across the 6 Geo-political zones in the country.
In a chat with newsmen in Lagos, one of the stakeholders, Mr Oluwajimi Adebakin said the packaging factory would be private sector driven with the support of the Nigeria Export Promotion Council, NEPC.
Exports of agricultural produce may quadruple before the end of this year if the arrangements by the private sector to build a packaging factory at the Lagos airport is achieved.
With the projected 100 tonnes of cargo on a daily basis and the free onboard freight to the destination, it is believed more people will be encouraged to look inwards and channel their energy to export of products and goods.
Speaking on the packaging factory, one of the initiators of the project, Mr Oluwajimi Adebakin said the packaging of Nigeria agricultural produce and goods had always been an issue in exportation, adding that with an enabling environment and support of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council and the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, export would thrive.
He said the site for the N250 million packaging project had been secured.
“We are building something that is called Brand Nigeria. Brand Nigeria means any item, any shipment that is leaving the shores of Nigeria must be properly labelled, properly packed so that they produce, the producer and the nation will be showcased on the international shores.”
Mr Adebakin said by the month of October the government was going to make an announcement of what is called Domestic Warehousing facility across the 6 Geo-political zones in the for export purposes.
According to him, these warehouses would have internal storage, packaging, temperature control facilities for perishables.
He stated that this initiative would create employment for many unemployed youths in the country, adding that the credit facility to exporters to send their goods and pay later after delivery would encourage more export activities.
“We thank the President for taking this bold initiative to let us start looking inwards, we want to regain what we lost in the ’50s, lets us go back to where our comparative advantage lies. This is why we believe that 100 tonnes of cargo on a daily basis is achievable and we see an opportunity to reduce unemployment drastically.”
He called on Small and Medium Enterprises, SME’s, States and the 774 local government to look at whatever was unique to them and sell to the outside world, assuring that the federal government is not paying lip service to export.
Nosa Aituamen/ Lagos