The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Yola zonal office, on Tuesday said it had identified five major border markets in Adamawa and Taraba.
Alhaji Mansur Yusuf, the NEPC Controller in charge of Adamawa, Gombe and Taraba, announced told journalists in Yola that the markets were along Nigeria-Cameroon border where non-oil goods worth millions of naira were being locally exported.
Yusuf said that the markets in Adamawa were situated in Mubi Local Government Area and Gurin Town in Fufore area and Jimeta Water Terminus in Yola North where non-oil goods were also being exported through River Benue to Garua in Cameroon.
He said that in Taraba, the council listed Gembu and Abong markets in Sardauna and Baissa council areas as international border markets with Cameroon.
The said the identification of the markets was part of the council’s mandate to encourage and support many business entrepreneurs being conducted locally to reach international standard.
“The negative effect of dwindling oil revenue is a clarion call for Nigeria to move to next line of defence.
This refers to Nigeria‘s ability to harness its non-oil export potential and ensure a robust non-oil export programme which will boost foreign exchange earnings and job creation,” Yusuf said.
The zonal controller said the potentials of the markets, if properly harnessed, would boost Nigeria’s foreign exchange and create additional economic values to the country.
He, however, expressed worries over insurgent activity, saying it had affected businesses in all the markets, especially in Adamawa.
“Hopefully by next year all business activities would bounce back in the markets,” Yusuf said.