Segun Awolowo visits Zulum, speaks on importance of ‘zero oil’ plan

BY Haleem Olatunji


Segun Awolowo, executive director of Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), says 20 million Nigerians will be lifted out of poverty if the country implements the zero oil plan.

He disclosed this when he paid a courtesy visit to Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno state.

Awolowo said the zero oil plan is a long term goal of earning 20 percent Nigeria GDP ($100b) from non oil export, adding that the initial target is to exceed $30billion over the next 10 years.

The executive director told the governor that the vision of NEPC is to make the world a market place for Nigerian non-oil goods and services, while its mission is to spearhead the diversification of the Nigerian economy by expanding and increasing non-oil exports for sustainable and inclusive economic growth.


He lamented the country’s over dependence on crude oil which is Nigeria’s major source of revenue.

The governor welcoming NEPC team led by Awolowo

Awolowo said the zero-oil plan will lead to the achievement of three results, if well implemented.

“The zero oil plan will add an extra $150bn ( minimum) to Nigeria’s foreign reserves accumulating from non- oil exports over the next 10 years,” he said.


“The zero oil will create at least 500,000 additional jobs annually due to an increase in productive and export activities helping to contribute to Sustainable Development Goal( SDG) to decent work and economic growth.

“The zero oil plan will lift at least at least 20 million Nigerians out of poverty.”

In his remark, Zulum commended the NEPC director, describing him as “a  reputable investment guru”.

However, he said the state’s economy needs to be revamp following Boko Haram attacks which have affected it economic activities.


Awolowo had earlier said Nigeria could earn $30 billion and create 500,000 export-oriented jobs through 22 products from the non-oil sector.

He said the country could generate huge revenue from cocoa, cotton, cement, leather, cashew, sesame, shea butter, palm oil, fertiliser, petrochemicals and rubber.

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