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NEXIM spends N85b on 900 export projects

Over N85 billion has so far been cumulatively disbursed by the Nigerian Export Import Bank, (NEXIM)  to support no fewer than 900 export projects in the real sector.
Managing director/chief executive officer of the bank, Mr Roberts Orya, made this known at the Exporter Enlightenment Forum organised by the bank at the Nike Lake Resort, Enugu.

He explained that the money was used mostly in Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, noting that apart from creating and sustaining over 300,000 direct and indirect jobs, the bank would also help in generating over 1.2 billion US dollars in foreign exchange earnings for the country.

Orya further stated that NEXIM bank, as an official Export Credit Agency of the federal government was working hard to justify its mandate of “diversification of the Nigerian economy through the provision of finance, risk bearing and policy support to the non-oil export sector”.

His words: “Giving our efforts to develop the high growth sectors and increase employment generation in the country, we have also recently developed a funding programme for the creative and entertainment industry, in addition to a special scheme for SME exporters in the ECOWAS region”.

The bank MD, therefore, called on governors of South East states to utilise the activities of small manufacturing industries in the region to contribute towards increased value added exports in the country.

He added, “Nnewi, Anambra state, is regarded as the Japan of Africa in view of its industrial significance. The Ariaria market in Aba, Abia state, has grown to become the major hub of manufacture. Onitsha is also a trade hub, together with Enugu which has become the major centre for the production of movies”.

In his speech, Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime had commended NEXIM for organising the event in Enugu.
Chime, who was represented by the Commissioner for Finance in the state, Mr Godson Nnadi averred that his administration had provided an enabling environment for economic activities, as well as agriculture to thrive in the state.

He, however, stressed the need for the nation’s economy to be diversified, faulting Nigeria’s over dependence on oil.

He warned that oil, which is the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy would finish one day and commended NEXIM Bank for its interest in diversification of the nation’s economy.