PORT HARCOURT – Mr Offon Udofia, the President of Rivers/Bayelsa Shippers Association (RIBASA), on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to engender programmes that would encourage export of Nigerian goods.
He said that exports would reduce the pressure on the Naira and increase the nation’s foreign exchange earnings to the advantage of the economy.
“Cashew fruits and nuts are cash crops which if well harnessed and exported will bring much money for the country.
“Even kolanuts and bitter kola has the potential of turning around our economy because it has various medicinal uses,’’ the RIBASA boss said.
“We have so much run our economy on imports, what it is left now is for us to import even drinking water,’’ he said.
The president, however, commended the Federal Government for its efforts at promoting export policies but said that such policies should be pursued aggressively. (NAN)