Shippers boss urges government to promote exports

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PORT HARCOURT – Mr Offon Udofia, the President /Bayelsa Shippers Association (RIBASA), on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to engender programmes that would encourage goods.

Udofia made the call in an with the News agency Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt.

According to him, any economy that de-emphasises imports has the potential growing above level.

He said that exports would 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 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.

Udofia also noted that it was imperative to engage exports imports, saying that it was for the growth of the nation’s economy.

“We have so much run our economy on imports, what it is left now is for to import even drinking water,’’ he said.

The president, however, commended the Federal Government for its efforts at promoting policies but said that such policies should be pursued aggressively. (NAN)