The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has reaffirmed its commitment to collaborate with key stakeholders in developing and promoting the non-oil export sector.
The Executive Secretary of NEPC, Dr Ezra Yakusak, said this at the interactive dinner for Commissioners and development partners in Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.
According to Yakusak, NEPC cannot effectively discharge its duties without individual or collective support of the envoys.
Describing them as key partners in the implementation of NEPC’s programmes and policies as a trade promotion organisation, Yakusak said that it further informed the resolve to open up channels of interfacing with them on regular basis.
He said that travels by NEPC for international engagements such as trade fairs, trade missions, solo exhibitions, meetings, market research, expos, trade and investment summit could not be possible without the support of embassies especially in visa processing.
“We have had occasions where our trade fairs were marred by denial of visas to selected exporters and our staff.
“Most of these occur at the last minute, when all other arrangements had been concluded thereby making it difficult for us to successfully execute such programmes.
“This is one critical area where your Excellencies can be of immense assistance to the council in our efforts to showcase Nigerian products to the international market.
“It is, therefore, my expectation that after this interaction, there will be a seamless exchange of information between the council and the various goods and services that Nigeria could trade with your countries,” Yakusak said.
He, however, expressed the council’s quest to facilitate small and medium enterprises’ acquisition of international certification to access non-oil market with premium pricing.
According to Yakusak, the NEPC initiated the Nigerian competitiveness project tagged ‘Go certification’.
“The programme is intended to checkmate the numerous cases of export rejects and to also ensure the maintenance of minimum food safety standard in line with international best practices.
“Presently, a total of 101 certifications have been issued to various SMEs exporters with NEPC bearing the entire cost of such certifications like HACCP, FDA, ISO 22000 and HALAL,” Yakusak said.
He further said that NEPC had initiated the establishment of export trade houses under a public private partnership arrangement to further enhance the visibility of made in Nigeria products, facilitate market access and increase market share.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, described NEPC’s initiative in promoting non-oil exports and increasing the market share as pro-active and urged other agencies under the ministry to emulate the action.
Represented by Mr Suleiman Audu, Director, Commodities and Export Department in the ministry, Adebayo said, “this is particularly looking at the evolving economy and the fact that we came out of the COVID-19 pandemic with all the challenges’’.
Similarly, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, in his good will message, appreciated the initiative and assured of the ministry’s continued collaboration with NEPC in promoting non-oil exports.
“Trade is a great instrument of foreign policy.
So, there must continue to be an interplay of the political and the economic aspect which trade and investment represent.
“So, we provide a good platform for our missions abroad to represent Nigerian economic interests and for the headquarters here to mobilise the foreign missions in Nigeria for the progress of our economic policy,’’ he said.
Onyeama was represented by Mr Bolaji Akinremi, Director, Economic Trade and Investment in the Minsitry of Forein Affairs.
Speaking on behalf of the Ambassadors, Amb.
Salaudeen Abbas, Doyen of Diplomatic Corps in Nigeria, assured of the support of the international community to cooperate with Nigeria in boosting international trade relations.
“In my 14 years of being in Nigeria, this is very first time this kind of event is hosted and I am optimistic about the positive results it will attract.
“We are committed to seamless interactions that would promote the development and diversification of Nigeria’s export trade,” Abbas said.
Why we replaced APER with Performance Management System – Head of ServiceThe Head of the Civil Service, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan says replacement of the Annual Performance Evaluation Report (APER) with Performance Management System is meant to adequately reward the performance of public workers She explained that the new Performance Management System was introduced following presidential directive.
Addressing State House correspondents at the weekly ministerial briefing organized by the Presidential Communications Team on Thursday in Abuja, Yemi-Esan said the new system was in line with global best practices of rewarding the performance of public workers.
She said: “Because we are not proud of the APER system, we thought that it is important to have a Performance Management System that actually rewards performance and not one where you will just fill a form and submit, just for promotion alone.
“So, we have begun implementing an ideal performance management system and because it has been decentralised, various ministries are at different levels of implementation of this.
“It is worthy to note that some agencies have even actually gone beyond what we are doing in the ministries and have instituted Performance Management System in their agencies.
“Ekiti State is also working on Performance Management System.” She noted with dismay that the objectives of APER system in the public service was very noble at the beginning but the implementation later became very defective thus denying the country the benefits derivable from a productive and performance output framework.
“The journey began in 2021 where the President had a retreat with Ministers on the nine priority areas of his administration.
“The institutional performance management was measured effectively and he gave the directive that the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation should institutionalise the employee Performance Management System in the public service to replace the APER.
So, we were energized to do so,” She stated.
She added that based on the new Performance Management System, civil servants would be assessed quarterly.
According to her, Nigeria is planning to get its entire public service gets certified by the International Standard for Standardization (ISO).
“What we are planning is that by the grace of God, the whole of the civil service will become ISO certified.
“Therefore, we have advised that all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) should go on to the ISO certification with the Permanent Secretaries as top drivers in their MDAs,” she said.
On verification of Federal civil servants, the head of service disclosed that over 60, 000 civil servants had so far been verified, in core Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) with 1618 ghost workers discovered.
“We also do human resource enrolment; we ensure that we get all their certificates in addition to the birth certificate at inception.
We scan all those documents and upload on the system so that they cannot be changed by anyone.
“The committee handling that has been doing a lot of work to make sure we don’t have ghost workers on the IPPIS platform and in the course of their work, they detected a total of 1618 officers whose letters of employment were either fake or illegal and in addition to that.
“We also suspended 874 officers from the IPPIS platform because they have not updated or gone through verification of their records and so those officers were removed and assumed that they were ghost workers because we gave a two-year period for officers to update their records on the platform.
“So, those who couldn’t do that, we assumed they were ghost workers but some of them later came up and those with genuine excuses were made to go through the verification process again and restored on the IPPIS platform,” she said.
Yemi-Esan stated that as a way of promoting staff welfare, a five hectare of land had been acquired in Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), where houses would be built for civil servants.
According to her, plans are on to ensure that public servants acquire befitting accommodation through government’s loans board before they retire from service.
She further disclosed that an agricultural scheme had also been put in place to encourage workers to embrace farming, in order to earn extra funds apart from their monthly salary.
The Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) has sought closer collaboration with the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) in combating the importation of substandard products into the country.
A statement issued by SON indicated that its Director General, Malam Farouk Salim, made the request when he visited Colonel Hameed Ali, Comptroller General of NCS, in Lagos on Friday.
According to Salim, the 11-year strong cooperation between SON and NCS has borne much fruit over the past decade.
The statement said the SON helmsman spoke during a visit to NCS Comptroller General Col.
Hameed Ali (Rtd.).
He highlighted the strategic role that the SNC has played in the fight against the importation of low-quality products and recognized the historical support given to his organization.
He requested a more strategic engagement in light of his recent return to ports.
In response, Ali agreed that synergy between critical government agencies at ports would greatly improve efficiency and do much good in protecting the nation and its citizens.
Ali emphasized the need for SON to upgrade its information technology infrastructure to enable seamless interface with the NCS's Nigerian Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS) II platform.
He promised to do everything in his power to make this a reality and also requested that customs officials be trained in ISO certifications.
The meeting reaffirmed the readiness and willingness of the NCS to fulfill its statutory responsibilities to protect the national economy through trade facilitation, revenue generation and anti-smuggling activities.
Both teams agreed to provide the necessary support to safeguard the nation from the importation of substandard goods through mutual collaboration.
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The Calabar Port Manager, Mr Festus Olumati, on Saturday said that the vessel traffic at the port complex between the months of January and May was 72.
Olumati gave the figure during the visit of the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Mr Mohammed Bello-Koko, to the Calabar Port.
The port manager said that between January and May 2022, vessel traffic into Calabar Port recorded high returns with huge corresponding increase in the revenue of the authority.
“Within the period under review, the Gross Register Tonnage (GRT) is 1,611,441 and a cargo throughput of 990,154.
“Cargo turn around time is four days per ship, with 16 container 24-foot Equivalent Unit (TEUs) and 15 per cent berth occupancy.
“From January to May 2022, our revenue growth earnings increased as follows: revenue generated in dollars, $6.6 million, while the actual revenue in dollars collected was $5.8 million.
“The revenue generated in naira is N646 million and the revenue collected in naira is N309.2 million,” he said.
Olumati stated that the Calabar Port Complex had been reconnected to the national grid, as the management had resolved the frosty relationship between the NPA, Calabar Port Complex and the Calabar Electricity Distribution Company (CEDC).
He said that despite huge improvements, the Calabar Port was still faced with some growing challenges impeding its attainment of her full capacity as one of the fastest-growing ports in Nigeria.
He listed some of the challenges to include: Low depth of the Calabar Port water channel, which required full dredging, collapsed berth at the shoreline jetty, abandonment of Delta Queen Rig since 2012 and others.
Responding, Bello-Koko said that he would ensure that the berth occupancy, which stood at 15 per cent, be improved.
With regard to the issue of light and encroachment on the port land, he urged the port manager to ensure that whatever had been collected back be put to proper use, to avoid encroachment.
He congratulated the staff for the berthing of a vessel at the port, noting that it was a big feat, and also appreciated them for attaining the ISO certification.
“I hope we get to see that we don’t celebrate this after another year or month. Management will work with you to ensure that it becomes a new normal in the port.
“Dear colleagues, it gives me pleasure to physically engage with you today.
“As you must have noticed from my several correspondence through email, we are committed to openness of communication between management and staff.
“Your opinion and idea matter to us and as such, we will appreciate constructive feedback from you through appropriate channels.
“The task of ensuring that our strategic intent to be the maritime hub for sustainable port services in Africa goes beyond mere rhetorics, it’s a collective one.
“This is why I expect that all hands should be on deck,” he said.
Bello-Koko stated that all hands being on deck would ensure not only to meet, but to also surpass stakeholders’ expectations and add greater value to the national economy.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Calabar Port Complex stands on the threshold of about 45 nautical miles, which is approximately 83 kilometers, comprising the Old Port, the New Port and the Dockyard.
Currently, Calabar Port is operated by three world class Terminal Operators namely: ECM Terminal Ltd., INTELS Nigeria Ltd. and Shoreline Logistics Nigeria Ltd.(
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The medical laboratory facilities in the country have been advised to accredit their programmes in order to upscale their services and ensure accurate and reliable test results.
Dr Tosan Erhabor, Registrar, Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), gave the advice in a statement signed by Mrs Fidelia Ginikanwa, Head, Corporate Affairs Unit of the council, on Saturday in Abuja.
Erhabor, who spoke at the presentation of ISO 15189: 2012 certificate of accreditation to Lifebridge Medical Laboratory in Abuja,, said that accreditation was the hallmark of quality, not only in medical laboratories, but also in other systems.
According to him, such systems globally are now increasingly embracing accreditation.
“The time has come for every medical laboratory in the country to begin to benchmark international best practices through accreditation.
“Such has been instrumental to the accurate and reliable medical laboratory diagnosis that we seek abroad.
“If it is good for the citizens of other nations, it should be good for our citizens too,’’ he said.
According to him, in some countries, no medical laboratory facility is allowed to operate without accreditation.
“We should, however, separate accreditation from certification, as the former is voluntary and connotes that the facility has climbed the quality ladder.
“It has also conformed to stipulations of the Quality Management Systems (QMS), and those claims have been verified and validated by an external agency,’’ Erhabor said.
He said that the council was ready to support as many medical laboratories in the country that were willing to key into the accreditation process.
According to him, patients expect and deserve the accurate and reliable medical laboratory results.
He further said that accreditation would stem the efflux of citizens to other countries in search of such opportunities
“It does not make economic sense that on one hand, we bemoan the paucity of foreign exchange that has contributed to the downward spiral of the naira.
“Yet on the other hand we spend the little we have on medical tourism to other climes instead of upscaling our health systems,” he said.
Erhabor said that it was in keeping with his pledge to turn around fortunes of the health laboratory systems that the council had accr
The United Nations Industrialisation Development Organisation (UNIDO), Global Environmental Facilities (GEF) and Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), have collaborated for the effective implementation of Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) project.The UNIDO, GEF and MAN, on Tuesday in Lagos made the commitment at a one-day workshop on capacity building for Media Stakeholders on Reporting Technics for Energy and Environment correspondents.The Country Representative and Regional Director, UNIDO, Jean Bakola, said that the workshop would enhance the implementation of RECP and Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) project.Bakole, represented by Oluyomi Banjo, an environment expert in UNIDO, said that the implementation would go a long way as the media are a reliable source of immediate information in many countries.He said that industries account for one-third of total energy consumption and for almost 40 per cent of worldwide carbondioxide emissions.“The need to reduce energy consumption, environmental degradation and resource deprecation by industries in emerging economies is especially evident.“This project is collectively developed and submitted by UNIDO on behalf of Nigeria in 2017 under the GEF six-programming cycle.“It was approved for full project implementation in 2020,” he said.Bakole said that the project’s outcome is targeted at industries to develop an expert base for Nigeria which could as well be exported to other countries in Africa and beyond.According to him, this project will address to a good extent, the questions on how industries can improve their efficiency, increase profitability and operate at international best standards. “It will also address how industries will comply with regulations, maintain and improve relationship with policy makers”.He said that the UNIDO, a pilot financing RECP-IEE scheme, would be executed through the Bank of Industry of Nigeria and issues around ISO 50000 and 14001 would be executed through the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).“We hope to support not less than 75 industries across five sectors of food and beverage, wood and furniture, steel and metals, textiles and garment and petrochemicals.“We will develop the capacity of the organised private sector and develop not less than 300 Nigeria RECP-IEE experts.“The media is the educator of the populace, how you report is greatly responsible for the knowledge people develop on topical issues,” he said.The country Representative said that the UNIDO was implementing on environment and energy components programme which would run for 2018 till the end of 2022.He said that UNIDO had also implemented IEE in over 18 countries and had implemented RECP in over 60 countries.He said that the project will create opportunity to develop the methodologies and human capacity building.The Director-General, Manufactures Association of Nigeria (MAN), Segun Ajayi-Kadir, said that the aim of the workshop was to educate journalists on the concept of Industrial Energy Efficiency and RECP,.Ajayi-Kadir said that the project would provide a credible energy platform, which the industries should explore to narrow the energy gap.He appreciated the GEF and UNIDO, for initiating the project, adding that it would help to provide solutions to energy challenges in the country.Also, Chief Risk Officer, Risk Management Division, Bank of Industry, Dr Ezekiel Oseni, said that the project would provide positive impact for a cleaner environment as such would achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Oseni said that the workshop would help in promoting efficiently, and in information dissemination both locally and globally.He said that the organisation is willing to support the implementation of the project to achieve a cleaner and healthy environment.The Deputy Director, Electrical and Group Head, Electrical Electronics, Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mr Alewu Achema, said that the SON would continue striving together to achieve energy sufficiency in the country.Achema said that the organisation is encouraging many companies to key into the RECP-IEE initiatives.“Meanwhile, we want you to kindly note that the SON is ready to support in the areas of intervention and has the capacity to deliver on this projects,” he said.Mr Fabiyi Oluwayemi, representative of the IEE Working Group, Energy Commission of Nigeria, said that the project was slated to commence in 2020, but could not proceed due COVID-19 restrictions.Oluwayemi said that the project commenced in 2021 and had established the IEE project office in the commission in Abuja. (
Dr Tosan Erhabor, Registrar, Medical Laboratory Council of Nigeria (MLCN) on Tuesday called on medical laboratories in the country to always adhere to professional standards in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Erhabor made the call on the occasion of presentation of ISO 15189 certificate to Lifebridege Medical Diagnostic Centre in Abuja.
ISO 15189 is an award of competence and quality by International Standard Organisation (ISO).
Erhabor said that quality and standard should not be uncompromised in the medical process, especially medical laboratory science.
The MLCN registrar, who congratulated Lifebridege on the award, urged the organisation to sustain the high quality and standard service delivery that earned it the award.
He said that laboratory samples were very critical in determining the direction of about 70 per cent of treatment and monitoring of patients.
“70 per cent of results provided by laboratories is what is used for treatment and monitoring of patients.
“The era of taking laboratory samples to three laboratories before getting results is over’’, he said.
Erhabor described Lifebridege as the first privately-owned laboratory with ISO 15189 certificate in the Federal Capital Territory.
According to him, it is a demonstration of its commitment to quality and standard in service delivery.
The registrar warned that by the year 2025 laboratories with low standard and poor quality management system would be stripped of their operational licences.
Earlier, Dr Godwin Sale, Managing Director, Lifebridege Medical Diagnostic Centre, said that the centre was set up to save both live and money for its clients.
Sale affirmed the determination of the centre in cutting down on resources spent by Nigerians on medical tourism by providing quality and laboratories services.
“Shortly after commissioning, we became a one-stop centre for all diagnostic needs within the first two years of operation.
“Lifebridege expanded its services to include Endoscopy, Histopathology and a world class molecular pathology laboratory where all DNA and RNA based- are carried out,” he said.
He assured of the preparedness of the centre to continue to provide quality and standard healthcare to Nigerians in partnership with the Federal Government.
The managing director described the ISO 15189 award of excellence as a booster for the organisation to deliver more quality service delivery.
Dr Ike Okonkwo, Consultant Pathologist, Maitama District Hospital, lauded Lifebridege Medical Diagnostic Centre for their commitment to quality services.
Okonwo who urged them to sustain the tempo, saying that quality service delivery was not negotiable in the medical sector.
Dr Ibby Iyama, the Country Director, Renner and Renner Consulting Ltd., has tasked the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Procurement Management System (PMS) for International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) certification.
Iyama made this known at the NPA Procurement Strategic Retreat on Saturday in Lagos.
The the theme of the retreat organised by Renner and Renner Consulting Ltd was: ” Moving Procurement to Excellence: Changing the Narratives.”
She said that they were working with the NPA procurement department to enable them get their systems right for ISO certification.
Iyama said that the company was not in charge of certification but the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).
She noted that presently the Onne, Calabar ports and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration were the only ISO certified government agencies in the country.
“Part of the reasons why we have embarked on this retreat is to implement the PMS at the procurement department of NPA.
“The PMS is a system that will streamline, standardise and tighten up things, It will ensure job enrichment, rotation, nobody will be brought down or be high handed due to rewards.
“Everybody’s performance will be seen through the PMS, with PMS, there is transparency, accountability and it is going to be hard on crime, one cannot be promoted when not due,” she said.
Iyama said that they decided to change most of the Federal Government agencies procurement department starting with the NPA to change the narratives and ensure excellence.
She said that the move was also for the department to understand the Federal Government Procurement Act 2007 and recently 2022, which had new additions, changes to some fundamental part of 2007 Act.
Iyama said that the Procurement Act was the Bible of all procurement departments in government agencies.
She said that it was critical for all the staff to be up to date with the Procurement Act.
“So, NPA took the initiatives to move their procurement to excellence and we hope that other government agencies will follow suit because issues with procurement has put a lot of management in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission net.
“Renner and Renner Consulting Ltd is taking the lead to train and move the procurement department of the NPA to excellence in line with global best practice,” she said.
Mr Mohammed Bello-Koko, the Managing Director, NPA, said that going forward, management expect the procurement department to be more proactive in terms of decisions on processes and procedures.
“The essence of the procurement retreat is for the department to sit and discuss the continuous changes with regards to the Procurement Act, understand and study the many ways they can initiate procurement.
“One thing they are looking at is the right way to do things, how quickly to do it and the best way within the Act and so we brought in a consultant who will discuss with them and teach them,” he said.
On the rewards for performance, Bello-Koko said that the system in the public service was vague, adding that the organisation would continue to comply with the civil service rules.
“Reward does not necessarily mean cash, there are many ways of rewarding an employee. This retreat and training is part of it, we are rewarding them for their good works,” Bello-Koko said.