Charcoal exportation should be banned due to its deforestation implications, Assistant Comptroller of Customs, Gabriel Toba Aliu, who chaired the technical committee on adjustment of Export Expansion Grant has said.
The customs chief said this while presenting the report of the committee to the executive director of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), David Adulugba.
Aliu said the three tiers of government need to be advised on banning the exportation of charcoal if the afforestation effort of the government is to yield any fruit.
“It was further recommended that the Nigerian Export Promotion Council should establish a product display centre where samples of all exportable products should be displayed and accessed whenever the need arises,” he said.
In his remark, Adulugba said out of all the several schemes fashioned by the Federal Government, it is the Export Expansion Grant that seems to be the most effective; hence it’s pertinent to ensure its sustenance.
“It is evident that only few multi-national companies can survive exporting from Nigeria without government support through incentives like the Export Expansion Grant. This is why the Nigerian Export Promotion Council and the EEG implementation committee in their quest to achieve greater efficiency in the administration of the scheme has provided, through this forum, the opportunity to dialogue with all stakeholders with a view to reviewing current products categorization and adopting new and mutually acceptable categories for export products registered,” said NEPC boss.