President Bola Tinubu has been urged by the Institute of Export Nigeria to sign a bill to professionalise export.
The Registrar of the Institue, Samuel Adebayo Adenuga, urged the president to sign the Chartered Institute of Export and Commodity Brokers of Nigeria bill which was passed by the two chambers of the National Assembly in March 2017.
He made the call during the 11th Induction and Award Ceremony of the Institute of Export of Nigeria.
In a statement, yesterday, he urged Tinubu to consider the bill, which was not signed into law by his immediate predecessor, President Muhammadu Buhari and sign the bill as a way of encouraging export practitioners.
He noted that there is no reason for Nigerians to be poor, since the country has arable lands with good weather, observing that depending on crude oil export alone brought setbacks to Nigeria, resulting in the mono-economy nature of the country.
He said: The farms for export produce and location for natural resources are too open to foreigners. In the past, government-registered buying agents, who buy from the farmers and graded the produce. They also see to it that the commodities are well dried before selling to the buyer, who now arrange it for export.”
He added that the export requires practical investment with higher funding that must be protected, but the security today on farms is nothing to write home about.