Stop exporting unprocessed natural resources – House of Reps

Leah TwakiMay 16, 20243 min

Nigeria is blessed with vast natural resources and raw materials in large commercial quantities but most of them end up being exported in their raw form.

The House of Representatives has called for the immediate ban of export of unprocessed natural resources and raw materials from Nigeria during Wednesday sitting at the green chambers.

The House urged the Federal Government to provide support and incentives to local industries and entrepreneurs engaged in the processing and value addition to natural resources and raw materials.

The House is also tasked relevant committees to investigation into the current practices and challenges related to the exportation of unprocessed natural resources and raw materials from Nigeria, and to propose legislative interventions to promote and prioritize domestic value addition and processing.

Adopting a motion of urgent public importance by Rep. Ojuawo Rufus Adeniyi (APC, Ekiti), the House asked the Federal Government to collaborate with relevant stakeholders, including state governments, private sector entities, and development partners, to develop a comprehensive strategy for promoting value addition to raw materials and mineral resources.

The House also stressed the need for relevant Ministries, in collaboration with relevant agencies, to monitor and enforce compliance with the ban on the exportation of unprocessed natural resources and raw materials.

Adeniyi, leading the debate said “ Nigeria is blessed with vast natural resources and raw materials in large commercial quantities but most of them end up being exported in their raw form, which reduces their export values.”

Adding that the norm of exporting these natural resources and raw materials deprives our nation of the true value and potential economic benefits.

According to him the exportation of unprocessed natural resources and raw materials deprives the country of potential revenue and job opportunities that could arise from value addition within Nigeria.

He noted thatWhen value is added to primary products before export, the benefits to the nation increase geometrically.”

He stressed that the importance of adding value to natural resources before exportation as a means of enhancing the country’s economy and promoting sustainable development, saying the indisputable fact that the Nigerian economy, like that of most African countries, is characterized by the export of raw materials and the import of finished goods.

He therefore maintained that dependence on imports has a serious impact on the Nigerian economy, leading to a lack of control over growth factors and vulnerability to external economic conditions.

The House having put the question, referred the motion to the Committee on Commerce and Industry.

Leah Twaki

A Chemistry graduate, excels as a social media manager, digital journalist, and content creator with an interdisciplinary skills blend of science and communication.

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