The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has cautioned its Departments and outstations offices to refrain from implementing projects without recourse to the set implementation frameworks of the Medium-Term Development Plan (2020- 2025).
This was disclosed by the Executive Director/CEO of NEPC, Dr. Ezra Yakusak at NEPC 2023 Work Plan Review and Validation Session recently in Abuja.
Dr. Yakusak also noted that the Session was targeted at aligning the Council’s operational activities with that of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI).
He said, “Departments and outstation offices implemented projects at will without recourse to the Work plan and allocation of resources. The practice has not only made tracking of projects difficult and unaccountable but grossly affected the impact assessment of such projects which do not align with set project implementation frameworks.
“In line with the FMITI Ministerial Mandate (2020-2023) and the Medium-Term Development Plan (2020- 2025), two important reference materials that have over the past few years guided the implementations of the Council projects and activities and of which we are expected to align to, to support the diversification agenda of the Federal Government the need to reposition our operational activities is desirable”, Yakusak said.
He disclosed that the few structural changes in the Council departmental nomenclature and organogram as approved by the NEPC Board were in tune with global best practices and classifications and compliance with some recommendations of the ITC Benchmarking program for the NEPC.
He stated that the Council activities are being repositioned to meet the needs of exporting community, sequel to the tremendous performance recorded in the non-oil export sector in 2022 in which the sector recorded a significant and highly impressive result of US$ 4.820 billion recorded for the year 2022 representing an increase of 39.91% over 2021.