The Nigerian Export Promotion Council, NEPC, has promised to connect producers of Nigerian fashion value chain to both local and international market.
The Executive Director/CEO of NEPC, Dr. Ezra Yakusak made the promise in Abuja at the official launch of an Africa e-commerce platform.
Dr. Yakusak said the platform would be dedicated to promoting African designers” products and fashion accessories such as shoes, bags, jewelries, fabrics, gemstones, cotton, lifestyle products among others.
He therefore advised stakeholders in the sector to get their products to the market most especially the International market to enhance economic development.
“We at the NEPC are convinced that supporting this laudable project will help boost the textile/garment and fashion sector which of course, Nigeria has a comparative advantage in and given its contribution to our economic growth” the Executive Director stated.
Dr. Yakusak called on stakeholders to support the project which is in line with the Council’s slogan “Export 4 Survival”
In a goodwil message, the Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation, NICO, Mr Ado Mohammed Yahuza called for the resuscitation of the country’s textile industry towards realizing the objectives of the project.
Mr Yahuza who was represented by the Director of Orientation and Cultural Affairs in NICO, Mr Alex Omijie stressed the need for Nigerians to always buy locally produced goods to reduce the patronage of foreign
Earlier, the CEO of a Fashion House, Lexy Mojo-Eyes called for more Government’s support to enable local fashion designers to compete favourably with their international counterparts.
While commending the Executive Director of NEPC, Dr. Ezra Yakusak for believing in the project, Lexy Mojo-Eyes said measures are already on ground to take African fashion to all the countries of the world.
Highlight of the event was exhibition of locally produced fabrics and accessories.
BY MATHEW AYOOLA