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Association seeks deeper Nigeria-Russia relations to boost charcoal trade

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Association seeks deeper Nigeria-Russia relations to boost charcoal trade

Alhaji Lawan Ali, Chairman of the Election Committee of the Charcoal Association in Nigeria, has called for deeper diplomatic relations between Russia and Nigeria to boost the charcoal trade.

Ali told the Nigerian News Agency in Abuja on Friday that this has become important because Russia has the largest market for charcoal, hence the need for both countries to deepen their ties.

He spoke in the context of the official Constitution Adoption / Formal Election Ceremony of Executives of the Nigerian National Association of Coal Producers, Traders, Exporters and Forestry (NACPDEAN).

He noted that there was a ban on the export of charcoal, but called on the Federal Government to deepen its economic ties with Russia to boost the nation’s economy.

Ali said: “I never knew the usefulness of charcoal, except that it is in Nigeria that people use it for cooking and heating their rooms and that is before traveling to Russia.

“But when I had the opportunity to be in Russia, it was something else; a friend in Russia gave me this medicinal charcoal tablet. I don’t know if there was anything added or not, they call it charcoal tabs.

“They gave me the tablet when I was there, to my surprise I asked them if it was the black coal from Nigeria that I know and they said yes.

“Russia is a very big market for Nigerian charcoal; They told me they are using charcoal from Nigeria, in addition to heating their rooms, they are turning it into tablets. “

It revealed that Russia has a large population of Nigerian charcoal consumers.

According to him, some people are exporting Nigerian charcoal to Russia and Russians are big charcoal consumers, so the market opportunity is huge.

“I urge our charcoal producers and exporters to explore the market opportunity,” he added.

The president of the association, Mr. Tunde Edun, assured that NACPDEAN would sensitize people on the proper ways to cut down trees.

According to him, the key players in the charcoal business are producers, adding that more will be done to collect their data to achieve the desired goals to sensitize them.

“These days, people cut down cheap trees, which is not meant to be. There will be a lot of capacity building to educate stakeholders at the grassroots level.

“We have the mango tree, the shea butter tree and various inexpensive trees that people cut down and you cannot blame them, because many of them are illiterate.

“They will need educational training so they know which trees to cut and which not to cut,” Edun said.

He urged that for every tree felled, there should be a replacement, saying that is why the association had afforestation attached to its name.

For his part, the Secretary of the association, Mr. Kingsley Amadi, identified afforestation as the main focus of NACPDEAN.

“We not only dedicated ourselves to felling trees, but we focused more on tree reproduction and planting,” Amadi said.

Meanwhile, Suleiman Audu, director of the Commodities and Export department at the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, urged newly elected officials to meet the association’s operational goals.

Audu, represented by Amalunweze, the ministry’s commercial director, said: “I urge you to accompany other members in the performance of their duties.

“Election for this position is a call to national service and demands sacrifice; I advise them to support the elected executives, so that the goals established in the constitution are achieved ”.

However, he assured the association of the support of the ministry so that they can fulfill their functions with ease.

reports that the election was held at the ministry’s facilities in conjunction with the Federation of Agricultural Products Associations of Nigeria (FACAN).

Source: NAN

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