AMJON 2023 Conference: Group Tasks FG to Focus More on Non-oil Trade

Stakeholders in the maritime industry have called on federal government to focus on non-oil trade.

Nigeria’s ailing economy was on spotlight in a landmark Conference in Lagos organized by the Association of Maritime Journalists of Nigeria (AMJON).

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With the theme: Rebuilding Nigeria Economy Towards Viable Trans-Border Trade’ drew attention to crucial issues.

In his opening remarks, Paul Ogbuokiri, president of AMJON underscored the need to looking inwards towards rekindling Nigeria’s economy, as in the early days of the country’s independence, focusing more on Non-oil trade.

According to him, the theme of the conference was deliberately selected owing to the poor state of Nigeria’s monolithic economy which requires speedy solution to lift the country out of crisis situation.

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President of AMJON, Paul Ogbuokiri making a speech at the event

He expressed concern over the nation’s unfavorable balance of trade occasion by over dependance on oil and the apparent lack of concern by relevant authorities.

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“Now the shock has become permanent because our crude oil has become encumbered.

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“large portion of it now goes into payment of debts acquired and squandered by politicians while the other portion of it is being stolen by powerful people.

“We are therefore left with little or no foreign exchange to finance our necessary and unnecessary imports” he said.

Ogbuokiri commended the efforts of President Bola Tinubu’s administration towards solving the nation’s economic problems while noting that Non-oil exports holds the key to the nation’s Economic progress particularly with regards to intra- African trade.

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He praised the collaboration between Nigeria and it’s neighboring countries in fascilitating transborder trade adding that such relationship would help identify bottlenecks and proffer solutions for ease of trade.

Joshua Okoria

Joshua Okoria is a Lagos based multi-skilled journalist covering the maritime industry. His ICT and graphic design skills makes him a resourceful person in any modern newsroom. He read mass communication at the Olabisi Onabanjo University and has sharpened his knowledge in media practice from several other short courses. 07030562600,

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