In an effort to broaden the state’s source of revenue, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, the governor of Niger State, has ordered a restriction on the export of raw shea nuts.
The governor made this statement during a three-day retreat held in Minna, the state capital, and sponsored by the Nigeria Association of Women Entrepreneurs, NAWE.
He disclosed that in order to add value and boost revenue generation, a decision was made at a state executive council meeting.
He claims: “We decided to forbid the exportation of raw shea nuts at the state executive council meeting, at least to add the first layer of value.
The choice was made on purpose as part of our attempts to develop policies that will specifically promote female entrepreneurs.
Bello gave NAWE his assurance that he would continue to support them, adding, “I will brief the incoming Governor on your activities and also arrange an interface between him and executives of the Association.”
He gave NAWE credit for organizing the retreat and taking part in business activities. He also advised association members to wisely take advantage of any chance that comes their way so that others can gain from them as well.
The association’s national president, Erelu Vera Ndanusa, had before referred to the governor as “a man of his word and full of passion” who had supported the organization.
“You will be remembered for your dexterity in leading, and we pray the next administration will sustain the tempo,” the NAWE national president remarked.